Review by Tres
It was opening weekend for the Mockingjay Part 1. The biggest hubbub about this movie on the web seems to be about the length and the debate if should there have been one movie or two.
Speaking from the perspective of a person that read the books, I for one feel that they have done a nice job adapting the books into movies.
I walked away from Catching Fire thinking about all the small details that they skipped over to do the movie and wishing they would have made it into 2 movies to capture more of the essence of the book on screen. I had a big concern that they would try to cram Mockingjay into one movie also.
So, from this bloggers perspective, it needed to be a two movie rendition of the book. On top of that, when you look at the book from a reading perspective there really is a natural break: rescuing Peeta and the other victors and then going after President Snow. The director did a great job ending Part 1 at the perfect place.
The victors are rescued; just not bright back to the level at which Katniss and the others had hoped. [Enough on that… so that I don’t give anything away.]
To the movie: we start with Katniss waking up after her rescue from the Quarter Quell games. She’s in 13, where they now live underground and continue to build and train their army. She is angry that Peta wasn’t rescued and she refuses to be the face of the rebellion. She refuses until Prim shows her how important she is and that 13 will have to grant any wish she makes if she agrees to be their face of the rebellion. So she bargains for the rescue and pardon of all Victors that have been taken.
Katniss struggles to make “commercials” with (Plutarch) to get the rebellion motivated to fight.
That is until she visits 8 and Snow bombs an area of helpless and unarmed people. Then she digs down and finds that anger for Snow that was started in her original Hunger Games.
We burn. You burn.
Her biggest struggle: as she speaks to the rebellion and to get them to motivated to fight, Peeta is on air and speaking to the rebellion to lay down their weapons because they will all die and no one will gain anything good from it. Katniss begins to doubt her ability to lead and she becomes focused on Peta and his safety.
Gale returns and in this third movie you see Catnis still struggling with her feelings between the two men. However, we begin to see Gale’s strong love for Katniss and just how much he is willing to sacrifice for her.
The rebellion is on. The Districts come together and begin to fight. Many lives are lost, but the focus is for all in every district that survives to get out from under President Snow’s thumb.
Katniss’ uncertainty of being a military leader reminds me of Gideon. He was uncertain of leading God’s army and actually asked God to perform two miracles to prove to him that he was indeed the chosen one to lead God’s army. He is a man of Valor. Katniss gets reassurance that she is indeed capable of leading and being the encouragement of the rebellion that is needed.
The other aspect of Katniss that I connected with is her empathy for others and the emotions that her empathy brings about. You feel her anger, her sadness, her concern, her despair, and her internal struggle to do what she feels is right compared to what the consequences could and would be to her actions.
It’s the same with a Christian’s daily life. Doing what is right in the eyes of God is not always the easiest thing to do. We are human and we get pulled into human situation that cause us great heart ache and struggle. Often times doing what is right becomes difficult when worldly consequences affect us in family, work, and among peers/friends.
This is a solid rendition of the book.
I for one am truly thrilled that they presented as much as they did about 13, the district invasions under Snow’s demand, the leadership and decisiveness of President Coin, and the rescue of the Victors.
I really like the film crew and they make-up of their team. They work quietly and well together.
I really like the introduction of Julianne Moore to the characters. He role of President Coin is one that she pulls off well. She plays it with confidence and authority; though at times you question her motive behind her actions.
I also liked the portrayal of Effie as she is in District 13. She claims to be a prisoner, though she was truly rescued. However, she is determined to keep her role and her sense of fashion as much as possible in an underground world of gray.
I look forward to with anticipation, Part 2!
Since last night I tried to thinks out how I would change this movie if I had to. I can’t say that I have come up with anything.
This is a solid movie with solid performances and a solid story one that stays pretty close to the book.
So I’m giving this 4.5
Why not a 5?
I can’t say it was a perfect movie, or a real inspirational movie, nor one with amazing special effects. On top of that it’s not truly a complete story. I’m not sure those are solid reasons for not giving it a 5, but I just don’t feel it ranks in my movies that I get be 5s to.
4.5 is my decision.
Contradict it if you’d like.