“If we burn, you burn with us” (Katniss Everdeen).
Before it even came out, the hype for the third part of ‘The Hunger Games’ sequel was huge. There are always a lot of expectations from movies that have been based on a book / book series, and me being the book worm that I am, was a little nervous to see this. Excited, but nervous. The first two of the sequel had been absolutely fabulous, and thankfully, Mockingjay part one is too. For any of you who’ve not seen it, here is the trailer:
After being rescued out of the third quarter quell, the 75th Hunger Games, Katniss (Jenifer Lawrence) has been asked to be the ‘Mockingjay’ – a revolutionary figure to inspire the other districts to join a battle to defeat the ruler of Panem, President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Of course this is not an easy task, and is one that has many complications arise. The end of ‘Catching Fire’ shows Katniss being told that Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Joanna (Jena Malone) have been captured by the Capitol and that District Twelve has been destroyed.
We are also told that District 13 still exists underground, and this is where Katniss is hidden, along with her sister Prim (Willow Shields), her mother (Paula Malcomson), Katniss’ best friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) Finnick (Sam Claflin) , Plutarch Heavensbee (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), Effie (Elizabeth Banks) Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) and Beetee (Jeffery Wright). We are introduced to some new characters, Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Castor (Wes Catham) Pollux (Elden Henson) and Messalla (Evan Ross) who help to create propaganda videos to promote the Mockingjay. President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) the leader of District Thirteen, and Boggs (Mahershala Ali) as head of security at District 13.
Jenifer Lawrence proves that she can sing, ‘The Hanging Tree’ is sung for propaganda videos, and becomes an extremely powerful message to the districts, hence why they start to sing it too. The districts rebelling against Peace-keepers and the Capitol was also something that was shown very well. I won’t spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it but it was definitely the part that gave me goose-bumps.
Overall, the film was very good, it pretty much resembled what happened in the book, a few minor changes perhaps, but it was done brilliantly. The rapid way in which Peeta’s condition goes from bad to worse is shown very cleverly, without it being shown until the very end what has happened. I feel we see a different side to Ceaser Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) as well which really proves how everything has changed. We also still have the idea of a love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale, and the ending of the film leaves this open.
If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it, and may the odds be ever in your favour.