Hello everyone! Today I'll be doing a movie review on the movie, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One. I watched this movie over the weekends and loved it! I didn't want to do a movie talk post instead is because I don't want to spoil the movie to anyone. It wouldn't be fair to those who have yet to watch.
When I first decide on watching this movie, I was worried that it had set my hopes up high and that it wouldn't turn out the way I expect it to be. Especially with the critics reviews saying how boring it was. But I decided to go ahead and watch it since I've read and love the book and guess what, I'm glad I did watch it!
Mockingjay Part One deals a lot of the emotional issues that Katniss is facing. She is very broken ever since Peeta was left in the arena. She kept blaming herself for not protecting him then and blamed the others for not rescuing him. She also has to deal with being the Mockingjay, which is not something she had in mind. Her main objective has always been to keep Peeta safe and alive. When she's on screen as the Mockingjay, she is seen as fearless rebellion leader but in truth she is just Katniss — a teenager from District 12. You can tell how hard this whole thing is for her. I find Jennifer Lawrence's performance in this movie fantastic! It felt so emotional and raw. It was as though you can feel her sadness, her rage for the Capitol and her yearning for Peeta's presence which she always took for granted then.
She seeks solace from Gale and Finnick. Gale being because it reminded her of home, of a time before the games, and Finnick because she felt that she could relate to him since they're both going through something quite similar. I really enjoy watching Katniss bonding with Finnick because that was one of the most crucial scenes in the book. Seeing Finnick looking so disoriented breaks my heart because I felt just how much Annie meant to him and how he's so lost without her. I think Finnick has it harder than Katniss because Katniss has her mom and her sister to think about, which gives her the will to live. Moreover, she has the whole being the Mockingjay thing going on that prevents her from moping Peeta all the time. Being the Mockingjay allows Katniss to make herself useful and not be too worried about Peeta because in a way she is rescuing him and Annie. The other characters played an equally important role in the movie. I really love Nathalie Dormer as Cressida. She is so badass with the shaved hair and green vine tattoos. There's no other perfect actress playing that role. And boy does Cressida knows how to make good propos. I just love how professional she is doing her job and how she sacrifed her job at the Capitol for this cause. I like Boggs too because he looks like a nice guy even with the stern face. He cares about Katniss. I hope he will appear more in Mockingjay Part Two. Seeing Effie makes me feel so happy because she's one of my favorite. I just love the way she's being so overdramatic. She & Haymitch adds humor in this otherwise dark and intense movie. In this movie, Haymitch seems to be like a father figure to Katniss — reminding her who she is and consoling her even if he's not good at it. I don't know if it's just me but I feel that Presidebt Coin seems so much nicer in the movie as compared to the books. Also, I'm slightly terrified of President Snow because he looks so sinister. He's got that menacing eyes staring back at you which gives me the creeps because you can see just how big of a threat he is and what he is capable of doing.
This might be of a spoiler but please don't mind me. I absolutely love 'The Hanging Tree' scene because it is utterly brilliant. That was one of the most anticipated scene for me. Watching it coming to life felt so incredible because that scene was really empowering and powerful. Also, listening to the song gives me chills and goosebumps. I'm so madly in love with Jennifer Lawrence's voice!!
This movie to me is the best of the 3. Yes, it doesn't have that much action and it's got a lot of talking but I think for those who read, perhaps you'd be able to see and understand the significance of some of the moments in the movie. To those who don't read the books, make sure you watch the previous 2 films so that you'd get an understanding on what's happening. I hereby urge all of you to watch this movie. Go and book your tickets now!!!
"If we burn, you burn with us!"