Hunger Games (Mockingjay Part 1) Review
Happy Hunger Games everyone! Sorry that I have neglected my posting duties. I had a bit of a crazy weekend because of my birthday and I completely side tracked. I saw the Hunger Games at midnight on Thursday, and in the beginning it felt like old times. I forgot how hard it was to actually be awake at midnight on a weekday… Yep, I’m getting older. I was surprised however, by the lack of people. I remember when I saw any of the Harry Potter series, it was impossible to find seats and this time I was able to find four seats together for me and my friends.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the Hunger Games series, but Mockingjay was my least favorite book. As a writer, I can completely understand feeling rushed to finish you work. Mockingjay, in my opinion, seemed like she was trying to fit a million things into one last book. I had to actually reread the majority of the book once I finished it because I felt like I couldn’t catch up. I was glad when I heard that the movie was coming out and we could see the movie broken up into smaller segments and could finally slow the process a bit. I was a bit disappointed though.
I won’t give anything away but the movie was a little slow. It was good because we did get to catch things we wouldn’t necessarily have seen before, and we did kind of have our own experience with Katniss. However, this movie seemed a little unnecessary. With the last Harry Potter movie, it made sense for there to be two movies at the end. Again, it was somewhat unnecessary, but there was a lot to dive into. The book was over 600 pages, they had a lot of things to catch up on. Mockingjay was less than 400 pages and was the same length as the first and second book in the series. I understand that when Hollywood has a popular series they want to milk the process for all its worth, but this was a little too much for me.
Effie and Haymitch were old reliables as always, and gave us the comic relief that we desperately needed in this movie. Katniss was her usual serious but courageous self, and we finally got some Gale time. I’m a Team Peeta fan, mainly because of their relationship name, but also because Peeta often seems to get the shaft. In the movies I feel like there is more of a Gale and Katniss connection than Peeta and Katniss. It really confuses me because Gale is a very obvious secondary player in the book series. He obviously can’t make random appearances because he wasn’t in the games, but I thought Katniss was rather neglectful about the men in her life. Having an dead father and somewhat absentee mother can do that to a girl. I think she’s more independent and acts like she doesn’t need anyone in her life but her family. Katniss’ character often reminds me of the female lead in The Dead-Tossed Waves (Forest of Hands and Teeth). Both characters such a strong female leads, it’s hard for me to see think either of them needs anyone really.
So unfortunately I end this review on a bit of a disappointed note. What did you think of the movie? Did you like the book better?