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Mockingjay Part 1 Movie Review

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Thanks to a Regal gift certificate I was able to go to the theater to see Mockingjay Part 1. If you didn’t know this movie is based on the book Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins and is part of The Hunger Games series. There will be four movies, even though there are three books.

Just as an aside, I did see some neat movie previews, Cinderella being the chief of those, but I also saw a preview for Insurgent. I did not have a favorable review of the movie Divergent because it was just terrible compared to the book. Fans of the Divergent series better pray to the movie gods that Insurgent is better than Divergent.


The movie opens on Katniss in medical care. She has been rescued from the hunger games. Peetah isn’t there. He was taken captive by the capital. Katniss is in District 13, which still exists. It turns out the District was bombed by Panem, but District 13 survived. They dug down underground and built an entire society below the earth. President Coin wants Katniss to be their symbol. She and Havensbee are planning propaganda films. Beetee can probably break into the capital’s communications and get the videos shown to everyone.

Katniss isn’t too good at acting and is taken out to one of the districts where the capital has unleashed its force. A hospital is bombed while she is there and Katniss is outraged. She agrees to fight with the people against the capital and President Snow.

The entire time Peetah is broadcast on television, but he doesn’t seem himself. He ends up warning Katniss that District 13 is going to be bombed. Everyone is able to survive. A rescues mission is staged to get Peetah out, but Peetah is not the same a Katniss remembers.


The atmosphere of the movie was great. I mean it wasn’t happy-go-lucky, I mean the film makers did an amazing job of creating an atmosphere of warfare and revolution. There were atrocities. There was anger and grief. The acts ordered by President Snow are horrendous. I loved the people who rebelled. They banded together under a symbol and fought back. This was depicted so well in this movie. I’m honestly going to say that this was the best movie installment yet.


Obviously, there are going to be two movies out of one book and that’s a big difference. I don’t recall that Finnick talked on television in the book, but I could be wrong. There is obviously some background stuff missing. The makeup team is missing. Some of the relationships and friendships aren’t as detailed in the movie as they are in the book.

What I liked

Just as Harry Potter appeals to children, but also tackles deep social issues, The Hunger Games also serves the same role. The Hunger Games appeals to teenagers. All these little kids running around wanting to be Katniss have no idea what that really means. Katniss is a symbol for a downtrodden people to get behind and follow. They take back their country. They rise up. They realize that they do not have to be peaceful. They don’t want anymore children sacrificed. They rise up. They sing together. They bomb a dam. They march together. They’re just not going to take anymore.

Honestly the scene with the people singing and marching on the dam is amazing. It’s a scene of true rebellion and revolution. Those people marched together. They banded together for a greater cause, one that would make the country a better place for their children on down the line and they risked their lives. True patriotism, in my opinion, is not about always sticking with the government, but about being willing to risk everything to make your country a better place.

Remember guys, we’re all here because of revolution. Our history was made by revolution. Our history was made by people who stood up and quit taking crap from corrupt ruling parties.

I liked District 13. I’m a fan of the Wool series by Hugh Howey, which is a dystopian series about people who live underground. District 13 made it easier for me to imagine the silos of the Wool series. I imagine that one of the silos would look much like the living quarters of District 13.

What I didn’t like

I really, really liked this movie, it’s the best one yet in my opinion, but it’s a little light. It’s a little light on Katniss. It’s a little light on Peetah. It’s light on Haymitch. It’s light on romance. It’s light on Katniss’ relationships with her family. It’s light on a whole heck of a lot. The entire movie, although great, seems like an introduction to the real action and the real problems. It almost doesn’t seem a movie in and of itself. It’s suffering from lacking a bit of meat, although, it’s nowhere near the vicinity of Divergent.

There is action in this movie and there isn’t action in this movie. There is warfare and destruction in this movie, but it’s a safe type of destruction. Look, the destroyed District twelve is full of bodies and bones, but otherwise, the movie is lacking on the downright dark side of warfare. I’m not a big fan of movie blood, but honestly, I think the message might have gotten across better with a little more blood, but I do understand this is a movie generally appealing to teenagers and younger children and they didn’t want to put a bunch of gore in it.

Parental Advice

There isn’t a lot of cussing. There is no nudity of course. Plenty of parents take children younger than 13 to see this movie, you could too if you really wanted to. Of course, they’re not going to get it. They’re not going to get the deeper meanings in this movie. They’re going to see Katniss shooting her arrows and making eyes at Liam Hemsworth. They’re not going to see how terrible the whole thing is. They’re not going to see a brutal ruling power that people are risking their lives to dethrone.

With all that said, The Hunger Games series may be a good dialog to open with children about the idea of corruption in government. I may be weird, but if I had kids, I would want them to know that governments don’t always do what’s best for the people and sometimes the people have to take their country back. A healthy respect for authority is good, but a healthy questioning of authority is also good.


I have my beefs with this movie, but it really was good.

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