I don’t usually review movies.
This is because 1) I have no idea what I’m talking about, and 2) I don’t actually watch too many movies.
But if 1) it’s an adaptation of a YA book and 2) I DID in fact watch it, I’ll probably review it.
Ha. See what I did there? With Jennifer Lawrence? GET IT?
Okay I’ll stop.
So first off, the acting was amazing.
First off we have Jennifer Lawrence.
AKA Queen of Derp. I don’t know how this girl became Katniss Everdeen, but she did. She was absolutely incredible. The way she portrayed Katniss – broken, but still determined to fight – was all I ever wanted. And it was powerful. Seriously, this girl can act (as if you didn’t already know it).
I was also really surprised by Josh Hutcherson as Peeta. He brought something that I really hadn’t seen from him before. I was really impressed by how both these two made Peeta and Katniss come to life.
We also had some new characters.
The most intriguing, to me, was Coin. In the book, I hated her. I cheered at a certain event towards the end. But in the movie, she’s portrayed differently – she’s just someone who wants to keep her people alive. So it’ll be interesting to see what they do in part 2 of the movie.
Then we had Cressida, and the rest of the new team. I thought she was pretty awesome.
We saw new things from some characters as well.
For instance, Effie.
I ALMOST DIDN’T RECOGNISE HER. But what I do like is that she provided some much-needed comedy to the movie. As did Haymitch, who appears occasionally. Those moments of humour took the edge off occasionally, and I thought they worked really well against the bleak nature of this one.
Basically, I liked it a lot more than I thought I would.
It was my least favourite book out of the three, but it’s my favourite movie so far.
It made me feel all of the feels. It was powerful. It was sad. It was beautiful in some parts. It made me tear up. I think my favourite part was when Katniss goes to District 8 – I won’t say anymore, but it involves this:
I also loved the song. The Hanging Tree song. Jennifer Lawrence is no brilliant singer, but she IS a brilliant actor, and the song was a really nice touch, I thought. I’m glad they put it in.
Oh, and I TOTALLY called the ending. Just saying.
Eight friends and I went to see this movie (and if you think that’s easy to organise, think again). We were all hypothesising about where they would end the movie. And I called it. BUT NOW I really want to watch the next one.
Although I’d settle for watching Mockingjay again. Maybe a few dozen times.
That would be good.
As for how faithful it was to the book…
I actually haven’t read the series for a while. I do know there were some direct quotes from the book, but they also changed a lot (well, splitting it into two, they kind of have to). But it kept all of the most important things. Including that bloody cat.
Have you seen Mockingjay? What did you think? Or if you haven’t seen it, what’s your favourite YA adaptation?