I actually went and saw Mockingjay Part 1 on 23 November, but I was super busy and didn’t write up my review, so I’m writing it up now.
I have to say, this movie was remarkably well done. But I also enjoyed the book very much when I read it a couple of years ago. In case there’s anyone out there who hasn’t seen the movie or read the books, I’m not going to go into great detail about what happened because I don’t want to lessen the shock value of the story.
I will say that nothing was funnier to me in the entire movie than Katniss doing her propaganda shorts for the resistance. It was so absolutely terrible that I couldn’t help but laugh 🙂
One of the key aspects of this part of the story is clearly showing a heroine in the form of Katniss who is absolutely not a person left unmarred by the violence and trauma in her life. Participating not once, but twice, in the Hunger Games, left massive marks on Katniss. She spends portions of the movie demonstrating clear symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, which you can see when she hides in the piping system, or when she begs the camera crew not to make her go into the hospital.
I think this is a crucial part of so many stories that is lacking in modern entertainment venues – demonstrating that there’s a very unpleasant cost of being the hero. The world isn’t a perfect place and the harder you have to fight in order to save the people you love, the more of a toll that conflict will have on you as a person. The story doesn’t end with you saving the world and everyone you love alive and well, sharing their lives with you in a beautiful mansion. You don’t become rich and famous. The people you fight for might betray you or the people you love, just like what happened with Peeta throughout the movie.
Peeta did not have a good time in this movie and I’m fairly certain the next movie will go to great lengths to show what happened to him while Katniss was working to become the Mockingjay for the resistance.
Overall, I liked the movie and felt that it portrayed the book as adequately as possible, given the venue. I would probably rate it as a high three on my rating scale. I want to wait until the entire series is done before I purchase any of them, though, so that I can buy them as a box set once everything is complete.