Mockingjay Outshines Hunger Games, Catching Fire

Rachel Haywood
Editor in Chief

Mockingjay Part 1 begins in the underground District 13, previously nonexistent, after Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) destroys the Games and the Quarter Quelle by shooting an electrified arrow into the arena’s force field.

Katniss has survived two games now.  The Capitol takes notice of her uprising and seeks revenge.  It’s an all-out war between the two forces and Peeta Mallark (Josh Hutcherson) is now a brainwashed captive of President Snow (Donald Sutherland).  The leaders of District 13 (Plutarch Heavensbee, played by the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman for whom the film is dedicated, and President Alma Coin, played by Julianne Moore) seek Katniss’s help lead a Panem rebellion and create propaganda against the Capitol.

The movie depicts the ongoing war-torn struggle between District 13 and the Capitol. Katniss turns to her longtime friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) for support during the trying times. While attempting to recover physically and mentally from the Quarter Quelle, Katniss helps make a plan to rescue Peeta and the other captured tributes. The end of the 123 minute with leave you squirming in your seat and hoping that Part 2 is released sooner rather than later.

I enjoyed Mockingjay Part 1 more than I thought I would. Books turned into movies often face the daunting challenge of cutting material to preserve the running time. It is also common practice to turn the last book of a series into two movies, much like Divergent and Harry Potter. I applaud director Francis Lawrence and the entire cast and crew for making such a good film.

Mockingjay Part 1 packs quite a bit of information into two hours. The highly anticipated love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale still coexists with the chaos of fighting the Capitol. Before the release, I wondered how this film would compare to the two previous installments. Mockingjay Part 1 is the best film yet.

In the first film, viewers wait to see if Katniss makes it out of her first Hunger Games alive. In movie #2, Catching Fire, Katniss and Peeta battle other victors in the Quarter Quelle. Now movie goers hold their breath and hope that the Capitol does not destroy all of Panem for revenge on one girl’s rebellion.

I definitely think this movie is worth the standard ticket price. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised and well entertained.

Rating: This film is better than the first two. I give this film a rating of 4 out of 5.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material.

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