Mockingjay (Part One)
based on Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins;
directed by Francis Lawrence;
screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong;
starring Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta), Liam Hemsworth (Gale);
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When Katniss destroys the games, she goes to District 13 after District 12 is destroyed. She meets President Coin who convinces her to be the symbol of rebellion, while trying to save Peeta from the Capitol.
*Possible slight spoilers for the book and movie.
Catching Fire has got to be one of my all-time favorite movies, so of course I was excited to finally watch Mockingjay. BUT GUESS WHAT.
It was a bad choice to split Mockingjay into two movies.
If you’re looking for an action-packed, heart-stopping movie, Mockingjay Part One isn’t it. It was basically just a build-up for Part Two. Almost nothing exciting happened in this movie, which was pretty much my main problem with the whole film. Believe me, my dad was asleep by the first thirty minutes.
911, I’m calling for an extreme case of zero feels.
I can’t help but compare this with Catching Fire, which made me ugly cry for ages. This one? I either only laughed because Effie said something funny, or because of something I thought was extremely stupid. Some things (I’m not sure if they happened in the book since it’s been forever since I read it) that happened seemed irrational and unintelligent. I had to laugh at those scenes. And not in a good way.
And for some reason, I felt that Katniss was a bit… stiff? Dispassionate?
Still, I liked the new cast members.
I loved Coin’s character. Julianne Moore was really elegant and poised–the perfect person to play President Coin. Stef Dawson (although she only played a really small part in the movie) was a great Annie, and I loved her chemistry with Finnick. Natalie Dormer was awesome as Cressida as well. I like how she was willing to shave her head just for the movie.
Cinematography and effects were, again, glorious.
Visually, this movie was a work of art. I enjoyed every setting and all those technical things. Especially the scenes where they were in the ruins of District 12–they made it really eerie and gorgeous.
Generally, I’m still underwhelmed.
We can’t all be pleased, right? Maybe I was expecting a little too much from the movie, but either way, I was mostly disappointed. BUT I’m pretty sure that Mockingjay Part Two will be amazing, and that I will cry my eyeballs out watching it.
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