Much like when I watched The Fault in Our Stars, I couldn’t help but feel I was not the target audience for this film. However, at the same time, there was loads of stuff in this movie that was inspirational, exciting and fun for all ages and genders.
When I first heard about The Hunger Games as a novel, the premise sounded far-fetched, but interesting. A bunch of kids forced by the government to kill each other in a game. A lot like the Japanese story, Battle Royale.
Hunger Games is a terrific novel. It sucks you in from the moment Katniss volunteers as tribute. (I love the name Katniss. It’s too bad I’ve got no more girls to name!) Full of tyrannical governments, unwilling teens forced to do unspeakable things, a lots of heart as well.
As the books progress, they go just slightly downhill with Catching Fire (although I really liked the clock concept for the games), and plop completely with Mockingjay. Not so for the movies though. Mockingjay, as a movie, is really exciting to watch. It’s nothing at all like its predecessors. This is a story of a rebellion rising up to fight an indestructible power, more like Star Wars than Battle Royale. It shows Katniss’ (love that name) resistance at being the face of the rebellion, her motivation for giving in, and her kick-butt attitude as she is swept up in something bigger than herself.
The biggest drawback I could see to this film is Hollywood. There is absolutely no reason to make this story into two movies, other than, cha-ching, money! Many of the scenes are drawn out way too long, with a several moments of emotional chit-chat that feel like they’re just in there to fill up the time.
A few interesting tidbits…
- After seeing the amazingly versatile Jennifer Lawrence in movies like Silver Linings Playbook, it’s impressive to see her go back to being a teenager again for Mockingjay.
- It’s weird to see Phillip Seymour Hoffman, since he’s been dead for almost a year. It’ll be even weirder to see him in the final film.
- Finally, the half-bald chick. The promotional posters made Cressida seem like an important character to the movie… but not so much.
The movie itself was great! I really enjoyed it. I’m not going to give any spoilers, but the scenes with the workers in the trees and the revolt at the dam were especially memorable. When Katniss (great name) records a message to President Snow from District 8… I’m a man, so of course I didn’t cry, but I think some water might have been dripping from the roof of the theater onto my cheek. Weird!
All that to say: Yes! Great movie. Go check it out!
I’m going to leave with you with a picture of the beautiful Jennifer Lawrence as Katinss Everdeen (awesome name). You can share your thoughts below in the comments!