Book adaptations used to be nightmares of the film industry, but as the years have progressed they just seem to be getting better and better. A part of “The Hunger Games” franchise, “The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1,” is a movie for all different types of people. By movie definition it was excellent with lots of action and even a slight hint of romance. But overall, it could leave the feeling of dissatisfaction.
The movie starts off with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) taking refuge, with all the rest of the survivors of District 12, in the thought to be destroyed military camp of District 13. Katniss also has to deal with Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and the president of District 13, Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) trying to recruit her to be the face of their rebellion. But Katniss is still trying to cope with the loss of Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). But her as her little sister Prim (Willow Shields) and her friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) are doing as best they can to keep Katniss’ mind off of him. Everything changes when Katniss goes to the remains of what was once District 12. Seeing all the lives lost, she gets her fire back and decides that she’ll be the ever important Mockingjay. She would fight to get not only Peeta and peace, but also to get back the home that had been taken from her.
Although, the movie was well-executed as a reader of the actual books, splitting the movie into two parts was unnecessary. The movie was slow-paced and lacked interest in some parts. Without reading the books, others can be left bored in some places. The movies production value was used well, the script was excellent, and the acting was superb, but they could’ve done without cutting the book in two. There was absolutely no need. Overall, Mockingjay gives us an insight to a not so distant future if we aren’t careful. Mockingjay gets a 7 out of 10. Great adaption of the book but was it was unnecessary to have it so long.