“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One” is the beginning of the end to the Hunger Games series and starts off where “Catching Fire” left off. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) almost taking her own life in order to save others, but once she wakes up and the eyes of Gale Hawthorne lock with hers, the audience is left wondering: is she really safe?
It is true when it comes to books that are made into movies you either have people who will hardcore argue why the book was better than the movie and then you have the people who didn’t read the books, but loved the movie. Occasionally there will be people who read the book, but still loved the movie equally.
In this case, director Francis Lawrence made it enjoyable for all no matter what category they fall in. From the perspective of someone who has read all the books and seen all the movies, Lawrence did a tremendous job. He truly brought the book to life with the setup of the unknown survival of District 13.
The filmmakers evoke emotion in the audience by showing Katniss finding herself in the ultimate decision on whom she could save and whom she would have to leave behind. Humor makes an appearance in the film as well with the classic Effie Trinket played by Elizabeth Banks. Effie is the only one in District 13 who knew Katniss best and would be able to suit her up physically into the true Mockingjay she was meant to be.
Katniss is a heroine, waking up to know the place she called home has been blown to bits by those who were supposed to protect her. She serves as a call to action for the people of the broken districts to voice that “if we burn, you burn with us” and they will not go down without a fight.
Lawrence portrays how survival against the Capitol that had once protected the people can be almost hopeless without a Mockingjay, and how aspects of the human condition can ultimately tear someone apart. Lawrence does not forget to include the love triangle between Katniss, Gale and Peeta. The audience becomes in awe with the love triangle of which Katniss will fight harder for.
This film brings forth the true lengths to which a hero must go in order to save the ones they care about and to bring justice to those who deserve it. The returning cast and the very real graphics prove that this movie is a rollercoaster ride you will want to go on over and over again.
There are times when the movie missed out on aspects of the books, but with only about 123 minutes to work with, the director respectably could not fit it all in.