Review: Mockingjay Part 1

Isabel Ibarra, Community Editor

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The games are over. Now, the battles and deaths are part of the outside world. And this time, everyone is a part of it.

Mockingjay Part 1 marks a big change as the third movie in The Hunger Games trilogy. The first two books and movies were focused around the games in which children fought each other to the death. In this next installment of what will be a four-movie series, the scope is much bigger. At hand is a revolution fighting to overthrow the Capitol, which holds the rich and powerful that benefit from the hard work of the 12 districts and take pleasure in watching the Hunger Games.

The movie starts off dark and gloomy, and stays that way through the whole two-hour film. The mood is depressing as Katniss is dealing with some serious PTSD and suffering the separation of Peeta, who was captured by the Capitol at the end of the last movie.

For the book fanatics out there, no need to worry. Director Francis Lawrence and the writers stayed faithful to the storyline of the novel. Perhaps the biggest change from book to movie was the inclusion of Effie, who in the books was captured by the Capitol as well. In fact, this decision makes sense because the characters on Katniss’s prep team were left out since the first movie, and they had a large role in this book as well. She also added some much needed comedic relief in what was mostly a dark film.

Before seeing the movie, many fans of the book series were worried about the last novel being split into two movies. Many book-to-movie adaptations, such as Harry Potter and Twilight, made the same change. In Mockingjay, though, the split worked out well because there is so much that happens in that one novel. This way, all the important plot points could be portrayed in the movie without being cut out.

While some might say that the movie was a little bland and actionless, Mockingjay Part 1 had its fair share of violence and explosions. The movie was much more in-depth than the books in terms of the uprisings in the individual districts. It also added a suspenseful scene towards the end that was much more detailed than the book.

Whether you’re a book-lover or a movie-lover, Mockingjay Part 1 is a must-see. And if you didn’t already have enough incentives, Jennifer Lawrence gets her chance to show off some singing ability when she sings a District 12 folk song, “The Hanging Tree” (and must I say, she’s not bad). But be warned, you will have to wait a whole year with the suspense of the last few minutes. Mockingjay Part 2 comes out November 20, 2015.

 

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