Review: “Mockingjay Part 1”

Justyce Mirjanovic

Fans have been waiting for Mockingjay Part 1 since the dramatic and suspenseful ending of Catching Fire. The directors stayed true to the book and made sure the wait was worthwhile to fans.

From the second Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) hit the screen, moviegoers experience nonstop heart-wrenching, emotional madness.

The movie follows Katniss in her attempt to overthrow the Capitol, get the districts to side with her and start a war. All while trying to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) from them.

Although the movie was amazing, it was a little bit slow. When movies are split into two parts the first half tends to be about everything leading to the climax and all of the action is usually in the second movie. The last Harry Potter is an example of this and Mockingjay seems to be following the same format.

Even though there was not a lot of action, the high level of intensity and emotion made up for it. There were a lot of close ups of Katniss as she is stressing about what is to come. She gets in situations that call for her to speak out and Lawrence did not disappoint with her level of emotion.

Lawrence delivered a performance so real viewers easily feel as if they are about to be placed in the Hunger Games themselves.

Lawrence had a very tough role to fulfill because it required so much passion and emotion. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol and she is also worried about her family and what the future holds for them. Lawrence did a great job of putting herself into the role and conveying all of that emotion.

Catching Fire ended with Katniss shooting the forcefield around the Hunger Games arena and the 75th annual Hunger Games were never completed.

District 13 is alive and well and the few remaining survivors from District 12 have immigrated to join the fight against the Capitol with Katniss being their mockingjay. The mockingjay is the symbol for the radicals, which is what President Snow calls the Districts.

The uniforms that members of District 13 consist of a plain collared gray shirt and gray pants. Katniss’s concern and sadness are reflected through these uniforms because it gives the movie a dark, brooding feeling.

Hemsworth took on a bigger role in Mockingjay and is one of the main characters. He has been Katniss’s best friend since the beginning, but never got a lot of screen time.

The ending of Mockingjay Part 1 was perhaps more emotional than the past two movies combined. The Capitol has turned Peeta against Katniss because she refused to side with them.

The ending of the movie is powerful enough to move almost anyone to tears.

Prepared or not, one should not see this movie if they are expecting a happy ending.

Overall, the directors did a very good job of making the movie flow even though it was a bit slow. There is enough emotion in each scene to capture the audience and keep their attention.

Mockingjay Part 1 was astounding and will constantly have moviegoers on the verge of tears.

Fans will be speculating about how The Hunger Games Trilogy will end for another year until it is released.