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This Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 movie review could have written itself months ago. A Hunger Games franchise fan since the first movie sent me running to the book store to grab all three books and devour them in a weekend. I was always going to be a yes! Yes, I love. Yes, I can’t wait for part 2. Yes, the cast were perfection. Yes, yes, yes.
So I asked the Mister his thoughts on the movie, my family too. A less biased opinion about the movie and all that. Though their comments were filtered through my steely fan-girl gaze, so you decide. I’ve tried not to cover off on any plot points because that would annoy me if I saw a review that gave that sort of thing away. But I have answered a few questions I have been asked about the movie by those that hadn’t seen it. It’s going to form the basis for my Mockingjay Part 1 movie review. Ready?
No, I think it bumped along well. There are times at the beginning where it could have headed down that track, but it was keep moving along. Helped I assume, by the huge amount of content in the final book to be covered. This was a topic I specifically questioned the Mister about.
Was it ok, I asked him? Not boring, not too slow? It’s hard to tell when you’ve read the books, and the suspense is building, knowing that it will end before a resolution. But he said he had enjoyed it. There was a decent amount of the action, storyline and plot in there to keep him interested. As a stand-alone movie in the series, he liked it. Two thumbs up.
For some movies will never be in keeping with the books. I still remember when the first movie came out, and the origins of the Mockingjay pin was changed, the internet was NOT happy. They wanted to see the character lost in the movies, developed and whole like she was in the books. But there simply was not enough time for that.
This movie is like that too. While I noted some absences in the list of cast compared to the book, it’s key points are on target. At first I felt like we were moving too quickly through the suffering of the characters in the beginning, through the choice to be made by Katniss. But this was done, I assume, to keep the movie moving and ensure we go where we needed to go by the end.
I’ll just say that I didn’t miss those who were missing. The story was told beautifully and with just as much emotion as I expected. In fact some of it, between Katniss and Gale in particular, felt clearer for the first time. I had a moment of realization as I watched the portrayal on screen. I missed that exchange in the book; I thought. I missed that entirely.
So there is no short way of saying that yes it did, it was true to the book but with the majority of the sub-plots and outside character development missing. We develop Katniss, and we develop Gale, then we watch from afar (just like the books) when it comes to Peter and the path he walks. The rest is just not as essential in the movie. Not key to where the movie franchise is going. It remains to be seen if this is to the detriment of the story, but only the final chapter can answer that for us.
Yup. You heard that correctly, and it was nothing like I had imagined the song to be like in my head. But you know what, it’s better too somehow. Of course, it would be sing-along. Repetitive. That makes perfect sense to the plot of the book with the backstory related to the song and her father. Untold in the movie. And oh my goodness was it powerful.
I’m going to put the track here, maybe you’ve heard it already and maybe you haven’t. I think if you are planning to watch Mockingjay Part 1 and haven’t heard Hanging Tree yet, wait. Let it surprise you. Let the first time you hear it be within the movie. It was a high point of the movie for me, and I don’t want to take that away from you.
All in all, I loved it. I left there desperate to see it again. To take some time to absorb all the things that fly by in the first watching of a movie. It’s no surprise that I have given it a 4/5. It is as good as a movie in style of franchise could be. For me, a 5/5 is something iconic that my kids will see. This was pretty close. Though I’ll be making them read the books.
Melissa is the Leave Home Blog Boss. She is living the high life in her hometown, didn’t finish her marketing degree & drinks too much on a Thursday night. Blogging since 2009, Melissa decided to put everything she knows into making The Leave Home Blog a light & easy how-to guide for being a grown up.