Five Reasons Why Mockingjay Part 1 is Worth Watching

Google image of two of the best characters in the movies, beside Katniss.

It has been a while since I posted my last movie review. Maybe ages. . . but between work and training for a marathon and watching the new, hottest, latest television shows, I haven’t had the time to vocalize my opinion about a movie. Since, I am a big fan of the Hunger Games book series and a growing, but cautious fan, of the movies, I am going to make the obvious choice and give you my own critique of Mockingjay Part 1.

But first . . . to the haters

Many people have whined (I am going to say whine, because that is what they have literally done) about the Mockingjay Part 1 lacking action and having a horrible ending and why did they have to make the book into two movies?

First off, what is done is done. Yes, I do not really like the “one book spanning two movies” idea, but I think critics have beat this topic senseless. Seriously, get over it. We all know the motives of the moneymakers. Let us just pray the movie is great despite the issue.

As for the action cravers? I am sorry you failed to read the book before you went to the see the movie. I am sorry that Hungers Games is not an outright Transformers or Avengers movie for you. I am sorry that Hunger Games is not just a series of senseless violence and outright passion. If you are watching the Hunger Games movies for sensationalism and violence, well you totally missed the whole point of the series, which is a bit horrifying for various reasons.

Last of all to those who hated the ending . . . you need to read the book. If you have read the book, I am curious to know where you thought the movie would end. There are only so many logical places in the book for the movie to end without making it completely awkward.

Now for the five reasons it’s Loveable

  1. Josh Hutcherson’s performance as an insane Peeta.  He nailed it. There were a lot of great performances, but I personally felt like Hutcherson stole the show, despite having less than thirty minutes of show time. The transformation from sweet, winsome Peeta to crazed Peeta is well. . . I will not reveal anything else.
  2. Effie and Haymitch out of their element. Effie has been taken away from her world of luxury and fashion. Meanwhile, Haymitch is banned from his love of adult beverages. They are just as funny and amusing as you would expect from two people who make the best of a world that doesn’t cater to their whims. While the rest of their world is battling over Panem, Effie and Haymitch are competing for best one liners.
  3. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. Katniss is not supposed to be an invincible war hero. In fact while reading the book, I honestly spent half my time frustrated at her indecision and apparent willingness to play the puppet role for District 13 and the Capitol (In retrospect, if we were a traumatized teenager wouldn’t we all act a little like that?). She acts exactly like this in the movie, so if you were expecting Wonder Woman. . . . I am sorry to say you will be severely disappointed. Yet, Katniss does have her golden moments and Jennifer Lawerence aced them in the movie. Her rendition of the Hanging Tree song was especially chilling and amazing.
  4. Witnessing the Unfolding of the Rebellion. Half of the Mockingjay book takes place in an emotionally unstable girl’s head, so actually getting to see the rebellion in other districts was a nice addition. District 7 (the lumberjack folks) received some screen time that I appreciated (if you watch the movie you will know why).
  5. The ending. The ending was epic. I am glad that I guessed correctly on where it would end. Unlike Catching Fire, I can patiently wait 12 months for the next one. Catching Fire felt like a teaser to greater things, and Mockingjay Part 1 feels like savoring a chocolate raspberry cheesecake. It was very good and I will be watching this movie again. The acting was phenomenal and despite being a blockbuster it did the first part of Mockingjay justice.

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