Hunger Games and More: Mockingjay Part 1 is Only the Beginning
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 was one of the most anticipated movies. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, the wait is over as the people of Panem have finally started the revolution to end the Capitol’s harsh games.
Magaul Bird Park at Jest Camp and Roosevelt College Cainta Batch 1990 invited us to watch this film during their block screening as a fundraising project of the said organization. That night, lots of freebies were given away and all the movie-goers had a super fun night.
Having read the whole trilogy even before it hit the theaters, I already had my expectations for Mockingjay Part I. I, for one, am not a fan of the last installment of the books, but I was still watching out for its movie adaptations. The third book, as most readers know, has sort of lost the thrill after the Hunger Games ended in Catching Fire. Having a tremendous cast and great first two movies (especially the second one), though, it still became one of the movies to watch out for this year.
The story continues the adventure of the girl on fire Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) who, after the Quarter Quell, became part of the lost District 13 and was tailored to be the face of the revolution against the Capitol. With Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson) at the opposition’s end as their captive, Katniss agrees to be the Mockingjay in the promise of Peeta’s rescue. A series of live shoots spread across Panem were devised and carefully planned, bringing the people into an uprising to destroy and put down the Capitol.
It was a good movie, I must say, though not really as a movie on its own. It’s more of a movie that sets to prepare the viewers for Mockingjay Part 2, where the end awaits. It follows mostly of what’s in the book. As some say, it’s truly intended to disappoint. Nonetheless, the 123 minutes in the theater was a convincing act. It made people watch out for what’s in store for the last movie of the Hunger Games trilogy.
I didn’t like that they made Katniss’ love for Peeta too obvious as Katniss is supposed to feel confused over her feelings between Peeta and Gale. Also, the ending is just sooo bitin. I didn’t expect that they could cut the film with a suffering Peeta scene. Still, there are a lot better parts in the movie, such are Katniss at District 8 and that fierce, “If we burn, you burn with us!”; the evacuation scene where Prim went back to save their cat, Buttercup; Finnick Odair’s solo shoot in place of Katniss after she refused (because of President Snow’s warning) and him and Annie’s reunion; and most especially (my favorite), Katniss singing The Hanging Tree that resulted to the Panem people dashing to wreck the Capitol’s gate. Oh, the chills it gave me.
Have you watched Mockingjay Part 1? Head to the theaters now and join the revolution!