SPOILER ALERT: THIS REVIEW IS ONLY FOR PEOPLE WHO’VE READ THE BOOK
You’ve all read the Hunger Games and loved it. Then you all read Catching Fire and hated it. Then, you all read Mockingjay and wanted to throw it out a window (especially while reading that epilogue) Then, you all watched the Hunger Games and hated it. Then, you all watched Catching Fire and thought, “Damn. How could you make such a great movie out of such a terrible book?” And now, Mockingjay Part 1 is out.
If you thought Mockingjay was good (all four of you out there… including me unfortunately), then you’ll still be pleasantly surprised by the outcome of this movie. If you thought Mockingjay sucked, then during the movie you’ll definitely be thinking whatever you thought while watching Catching Fire (which I’m expecting is something like, “Woah!” or “11/10 stars for creating something great out of total crap!”)
The directing and cinematography seemed pretty good to a regular person’s eyes (no more shaky cam from Hunger Games). The transition from scene to scene was pretty good (especially the transition of the Hanging Tree Song – I was so scared to hear Katniss’s singing that I was stiff though).
The movie was extremely true to the book. It basically repeated whole segments of dialogue from the book. I don’t know if you guys like that or not, but I think that it’s
The scenes I was excited for were pretty good. The District 13 bombing scene got amped up a lot (it was a lot more intense). For the hospital bombing scene, I wanted to see more bombers… but you can’t have everything. Nevertheless, it was pretty loud and scary and at the end of the scene I was kind of like
Be warned America. This movie is not for kids.
The casting was pretty good as well (with the exception of President Coin – I didn’t like that casting choice very much). Josh Hutcherson turned out not to be such a fail-y Peeta as he demonstrated in the first movie (although he made up for it in the second movie already). Liam Hemsworth played a nice Gale – a little too nice (I’m waiting for him to turn all evil). J-Law is just J-Law and nothing else can be said about it. I was also pretty pleased with their choice of Cressida. I mean, I’m no Game of Thrones fan, but Natalie Dormer’s smile is basically enough to make me like her. I mean, look at it:
I also really liked the fact that the movie gave a lot of other perspectives. The book didn’t touch upon the rescue mission from other people’s viewpoints at all (because the book is written from Katniss’s perspective… duh), but the movie dragged out the rescue mission in a pretty intense very long moment that switched between different viewpoints.
Unfortunately, I obviously need to nitpick. If there wasn’t anything to nitpick, then this movie would get an A+. But it didn’t get an A+, so let’s move on.
First of all, if you were dying from secondhand embarrassment while watching Tris cry during Divergent, then you’ll feel that secondhand embarrassment even harder during Mockingjay while you’re zoomed up real close to Katniss’s face as she’s having an emotional moment. If you don’t know what Tris looked like when she was crying, I suggest you watch Divergent and cringe. And then watch Mockingjay and cringe more.
Second, the movie missed a lot of backstory. Considering that it’s a movie though (and movies lose important plot details from the book all the time), the amount of stuff that the movie contained was incredible (although I supposed it wasn’t too hard, considering that the movie only contained the first half of the book). However, there are several major things I feel as if were left out from the film franchise as a whole, but it was basically impossible for the directors to squeeze them into the last movie. For example, there was no Madge (because she was never introduced), the avoxes came in too late for them to pack any real punch, and there was no Venia, Octavia, or Flavia drama (because they were basically never introduced).
And finally, perhaps the greatest sin of all, Mockingjay is split up into two parts. Seriously – every movie franchise is doing it now. It started off with Harry Potter, and then Twilight copied, and all of a sudden there were a plethora of split last movies. Even Marvel hopped on the split-your-movie bandwagon (Avengers Infinity War Part I and II???? WHY????). It’s a rather quick and effective way to shovel in the cash, but seriously? Before long movies will be split into 3 parts, then 4 parts… I see a dark future ahead of us. A dystopian future.
JUST KIDDING! GO SEE MOCKINGJAY!