Hunger Games fans assemble!!! The Resistance has begun!!! I have just seen The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 and I believe that it is another amazing movie. Now this is the third book-to-film adaptation following in the footsteps left behind by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2010 and 2011 and Twilight Breaking Dawn in 2011 and 2012 with the exception of The Hobbit which has been split into three films instead of two with Battle of the Five Armies set to hit theaters in a few short weeks. Now this is my spoiler-free review. Spoilers coming soon.
In Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), having survived the Quarter Quell now ventures onto District 13, where she steps up to become the Rebellion's symbol of hope as the Mockingjay. Her home is in ruin, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) has been captured by evil President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and is now brainwashed. The rebellion begins to spread across Panem. With the guidance of Plutarch (Phillip Seymour Hoffman RIP) and Beetee (Jeffrey Wright) and under the leadership of President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), Katniss undergoes a propaganda to prepare for the ultimate war that is to come.
Like I said, this movie has everything I had hoped for since the end of Catching Fire and it has been done really well (despite the fact that there was a shockingly emotional scene at the end). As some people disliked the book, I totally digress. I have read the book and have loved it. It is personally my favorite of the three, and some of you guys may disagree. I completely understand.
Now there are a few strong character development in the film. But the central character is Katniss Everdeen. Jennifer Lawrence still delivers what Katniss should be and it has had me rolling with the movie from beginning to end. And I hope Lawrence gains either an Academy or Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in this movie. Still an amazing performance just like when she portrayed Mystique in this past summer's X-Men Days of Future Past. But even though Lawrence has gotten awards for her performances in Silver Lining's Playbook and American Hustle, I have high hopes that she will gain such an award for both films (though the awards are not for action or superhero films). Overall, Lawrence gained the most attention for both roles.
And there was a whole line of propaganda which is particularly what this Hunger Games film (this and Part 2) along with all-out war is all about. I liked seeing the transition from film-to-film with Hunger Games being the first time Katniss has been in the games and Catching Fire being described as the Victor's Tour and the Quarter Quell (75th Hunger Games). Now this one has a whole list of major themes like action, war, revolution, uprising, politics and rebellion and a whole lot of gunplay and explosions.
Now I believe that this one will lead up straight to what Part 2 will give us for those readers (including me) who have read the book already know what's going to happen when it all comes together at the end in November 2015. Though some people did not like the third book, I totally digress. It has propaganda. But I saw a small similarity to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows making it an all-out war for the final installment.
I also understand that Lionsgate agreed to follow in the footsteps that Harry Potter and Twilight left behind. But the big thing is that they wanted to not only tell the whole story of Mockingjay, but to get more money (isn't one movie enough?) But I believe that it totally works to tell such a large story (though the book has 27 chapters in three parts).
So that is my spoiler-free review of Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1. I dedicate this review to the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee; 1967-2014). Spoilers will obviously follow. But it may take some time.
What are your thoughts about this movie? Will it be a great follow-up to Part 2? Did you like the movie better than the book? Leave your thoughts below.