The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)


hungergamesmockingjay“Ms. Everdeen, it’s the things we love the most that destroy us. ” – President Snow

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Feb 2015)

Brief Synopsis – Immediately following the events of the last movie, the rebels of Panem continue their struggle agsinst the Capital.

My Take on it – Back in September, I read all 3 HG books and loved the whole story arc between them.

I subsequently watched the first two movies again and my opinion of each of them was lowered compared to my thoughts before reading the books.

I actually debated not reading the final book until after I’d watched both new movies in order to get a fresh perspective on the new movies, but since I was so into the flow of the books, I just kept going.

The movie was obviously disappointing because they stretched it into two parts in order to make more money leaving too many scenes drawn out which hurt the pacing of the movie.

They could have done a much better job here and instead we are left with a mediocre first half of a great book.

Pity…

Bottom Line – Very disappointed with the way this was adapted. Book was amazingly paced and this moved too slowly for financial reasons alone. Wish they had done this much better.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Was the highest grossing film of 2014 in North America. Its predecessor The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) was the highest grossing film of 2013 in North America, making Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1 only the second film series to top the domestic box office in consecutive years. The first series to do so was Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945). (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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11 thoughts on “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)

  1. I thought the third book in the trilogy was the most disappointing, so I was surprised when I found out that they’d be splitting it up for the films. Nowhere near enough decent content there IMO to fill two movies!

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  3. Bummer! I was fully prepared not to like this one, but I actually thought they did a great job with it. I think I even prefer this to the first half of the book. Of course, the third book wasn’t my fave, so that didn’t help. Lol. Anyway, I agree that this wasn’t as good as Catching Fire and that maybe it shouldn’t have been split into two films, but I like the choices they made for Mockingjay Part 1, and I admire that they were able to keep the energy up and show more of Panem, too. We’ll see how Part 2 holds up! Good work, Rob!

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    • Tnx. But after reading the books, there was no way any of these would be as enjoyable for me. Wonder what will happen when I rewatch Harry Potter after I finish the books ( im about a third of the way thru #6 right now)

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      • See, Mockingjay ended on such a weak note for me that I feel l’m going to end up enjoying the movies better. But we’ll see. As for HP, for me the movies hold up, but I’ve heard a lot of readers say the movies–especially the first few–are crap compared to the books. We’ll see what you think!

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