I am pleasantly surprised at how amazing these films are. I truly loved the books, obsessed with them until all were read. As everyone says, the films are never as good as the books, which I tend to agree with. But these films… they are still extraordinary and fantastic in every way. ‘Mockingjay Part 1’ is the third film of the ‘Hunger Games’ series and it is very important to watch these in order, so find my reviews for the first and second here.
Tensions have hit a new level in the city of Panem when Katniss destroyed the Hunger Games arena she was forced into once again during ‘Catching Fire’. We pick up where we left off: Katniss wakes in the district 13 – the district believed to have been destroyed from the original rebellion 75 years prior. However, it is not destroyed, rather its people have been living underground, fuelling, preparing for the right moment to strike back at the Capitol. Soon Katniss discovers what happened at district 12 (her home district) during the Quarter Quell games. She returns to this new underground district fuelled with anger and deep sadness. Suddenly, she is propelled into being the mockingjay symbol for the revolution to take over the Capitol and stand up to President Snow.
Now this film is originally based on Suzanne Collins’ novel once again. However, due to it being the final book and a rather large one with a lot happening in, just like ‘Deathly Hallows’ and ‘Breaking Dawn’, ‘Mockingjay’ has been split across two films. We all know that the final book will be the build-up of what has been happening across the series. Just like Harry Potter and his fight against Voldemort; the final book is the revelation, the ending, the finale. What the ‘Hunger Games’ film series has done phenomenally well is that they’ve taken this last book and split it perfectly. Still expect the revelation to be in Part 2 as Part 1 is the continuing build-up to it. That does not mean that nothing happens, far from it! Instead, it just adds more detail, more tension, more thrilling moments on screen for the audience to completely delve into this dystopian life before reaching the inevitable end.
This third film is predominantly based around the chaos that many of the districts are turning to in order to rebel against their suffocated and minimalised lives diminished by the Capitol. The audience explore the havoc and the wreckage of districts who have rebelled. Katniss becomes the audiences’ viewer, as she discovers what has happened, we discover along with her. The characters on screen are fantastic and feel believable. ‘Mockingjay Part 1’ is most revolving around political propaganda and the fuelling of a revolution through the mockingjay symbol. Meanwhile, there is still a tension and constant thrill throughout the whole film. When watching the film, you become extremely sucked into this world. The soundtrack forces the audience to feel all the emotions on screen. There are many scenes which are really empowering and heartfelt. There were moments I physically gasped, shocked at the scenes – I was completely drawn into this film for the entire two hours. What more could you ask of a film?