Movie Review: Mockingjay Part 1

I am proud to announce that today, I watched The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1! Finally!

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First thing I would like to say is, check out this version of The Hanging Tree that was used for the movie! Who ever knew Jennifer Lawrence is such a good singer??

 

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Anyways, onto the movie review:

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was released on the 20th of November in 2014 (Aus). The book Mockingjay is the third and final novel in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins and was released on August 24, 2010.

The film following a very similar plot to the book, following Katniss’ involvement in the rebellion against the Capitol. After being rescued from the 75th Hunger Games’ arena, along with fellow tributes, Beetee and Finnick Odair. Katniss is struggling with the fact that the rebels left behind her love, Peeta Mellark, and her friend, Johanna Mason. Finnick’s girlfriend, previous victor, Annie Cresta, was taken by the Capitol as well as the tributes who had been left behind.

For the rebellion to be successful, Katniss must stand and take up the challenge of being the Mockingjay; the symbol of the rebellion.

This film was excellent, and easily surpassed my expectations. I was particularly impressed with the visual effects, in both animation, and makeup. Spoiler: When we saw Peeta when he was completely hijacked, his face was all bruised and scratched, and the thing that especially impressed me was how skinny and sickly he looked. You can’t see in the next picture, but in the film, you can see his ribs and it is really realistic!

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Peeta Mellark

 

The movie was filmed in stunning locations, and the score was perfect; although, when I was sitting there, I could tell that a large percentage of the songs on the score were actually from the first two films.

Spoilers:

I was a bit disappointed that the scene in the book where Boggs and Katniss see Finnick Odair in his underwear, was not included in the film. It was one of the most memorable scenes in the book, so I am surprised that it wasn’t included. Also, I am a little annoyed that they didn’t have Katniss’ prep team in District 13, and that they put Effie Trinket in there instead. Although I AM glad that she was in there and that she added that ONLY comic relief, but I would rather that they had stuck to that point in the story line.

One of my favourite scenes was the scene where in District Seven, the Peace Keepers are herding the lumbers to the forest, then all the lumbers suddenly climb up the trees as swiftly as squirrels and the explosions go off, killing the Peace Keepers. It was a really exciting scene and I thought it looked pretty cool!

Another scene that I really liked was when Katniss was in District Ten, and she delivers her famous line, “If we burn, you burn with us”. This whole scene had so much emotion and it was portrayed really well by Jennifer Lawrence.

 

 

Although the movie was amazing, it wasn’t as good as it could have been, so at least there is room for improvement for the last film. 

Lets hope that they don’t stuff it up.

I rate the film 4 out of 5 stars.

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