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article imageJennifer Lawrence sings wonderfully in 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay'

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 22, 2014 in Entertainment
The newly released 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1', is the third in 'The Hunger Games' franchise, with one more to come. In it, for the second time, Jennifer Lawrence, Katniss in the films, sings. An audio of her singing is embedded here.
According to the director of this third installment, Francis Lawrence (who also directed the second installment, 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'), his star was not thrilled about singing.
She sang in the first installment of the series, The Hunger Game's, directed by Gary Ross, singing "Rue's Lullaby" when her friend Rue, the District 11 tribute, was eliminated from the game.
Director Lawrence (no relation to the star Lawrence) said this time around on the day she was to sing "The Hunger Tree" as they filmed the scene, she was less than pleased. “Jen was not happy she had to sing it all day long," Francis Lawrence said in a recent interview. "She cried a little bit in the morning.”
Katniss had learned the song from her father and it becomes an anthem for the revolution in their uprising against the Capital.
The lyrics of the song are from Suzanne Collins' book. But they did not have a melody so they hired The Lumineers ("Ho Hey" and "Stubborn Love") to write one. That melody, with the simple lyrics, and Jennifer Lawrence's just raspy enough voice, and her understated emotion, combine rather well.
Early reviews coming in on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 are pretty good. For example, it gets a 68 percent critics rating on rottentomatoes,com (critics are finding it compelling but lacking somewhat in action) and an audience rating of 83 percent. No reviews on her singing, but no complaints, either.
Except, it seems, from her.
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