MOVIE REVIEW: Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One

MOVIE REVIEW: Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One

imagesThe Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 hit the box office on November 21. The movie made $121,897,634 during the opening weekend. This movie is Part 1 of the Mockingjay story which is the third novel in trilogy of The Hunger Games. All of the actors from the first two movies are back in Mockingjay. Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss Everdeen who is the Mockingjay who goes against the Capitol. Peeta Mellark is played by Josh Hutcherson, and Gale Hawthorne is played by Liam Hensworth. Mockingjay starts out right where Catching Fire left off with Katniss being saved after destroying the games. Katniss needs to save Peeta who was taken by President Snow after the games. President Snow is the president of the Capitol who is played by Donald Sutherland.

All fans of The Hunger Games should definitely see Mockingjay Part 1. It follows the plot of the Mockingjay book very well. However, this movie does not give the viewer nearly the same experience as the viewer would have had in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Mockingjay is not as suspenseful as the first two movies because the actual Hunger Games are not in it. The Hunger Games is an annual competition held in the country of Panem. It is run by the Capitol which controls the districts of Panem. Every year, one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen are selected from each district to compete in the Hunger Games. They are sent into an outdoor arena to fight to the death until only one person is left alive. The person who wins is declared the victor and is allowed to live their life in their home district.

Mockingjay Part One is not as action packed and suspenseful as the first two Hunger Games, but it still has some good action scenes. There is an explosive bow and arrow and a lot of other cool effects. The majority of the movie is not action, but rather shows Katniss and her unstable frame of mind and being.

I recommend that you read the book before you see it because it makes the story a lot easier to follow. The movie may be hard to understand if you have not read the book. The ending of the movie does leave the viewer hanging. In my opinion, the ending is annoying to someone who read the book because that person already knows what happens next but has to wait another year to see it in the movies. Also, the end of the movie may leave one who never read the book very confused and probably upset. Other than the ending, it is a quality movie that did not exceed expectations and was about what I expected: a movie cut into two parts to make more money that is not amazing, but is decently good.

I recommend this movie to someone who is bored and looking for something to do, and to those who are fans of the Hunger Games.