Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mockingjay Part 1: A Review

More often than not when a novel is turned into a Hollywood production, it fails to capture the essence of the story, or depict certain situations in the book that the reader finds valuable to the plot, and while it may succeed in the box office – it often leaves the readers slightly disappointed.

After reading the Hunger Games series first, I felt as thought there may have been something missing from the original movie, but I gave it another chance.

The third movie of this trilogy was released over the weekend, and while it was a last minute decision to attend, and the seat selection wasn’t the best for prime movie watching, it was quickly forgotten once the movie started.

Having forgotten most of the book’s contents, to the movie’s benefit, I found myself eagerly awaiting the next scene – and so on.

Jennifer Lawrence captured the drama of Katniss Everdeen as she adjusts to life in District 13 after being rescued from the arena in the Quarter Quell of the Hunger Games. One of her best performances of the series, it rather moved me and I empathized with events that happened to her throughout the movie – often moving me to mirror her emotions

I stress also, for you to pay attention to Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s performance in this saga. Once head game-maker of the Hunger Games, Phillip takes on a more trusting, loving personality in Mockingjay.

This film did not disappoint me, it was expected to be a set-up for the next movie that will finally complete the saga. It is also on-par for being the highest grossing film of the series, thus far. And while critics may be inclined to condemn Lionsgate for using this film as another epic money-maker - the promotions leading up to the movie we're nothing but a strategic marketing initiative and therefore expected. 

You can't reprimand a business for wanting to get a good return on their investment.

Though I am unwilling to provide you with more detail of the picture, without risking spoiling it for others, Mockingjay did succeed in delivering a cinematic experience that left us, me anyway, wanting to see more.

It's a definite must see.

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