Hunger Games Mockingjay: A must see


Anna Zeek, Managing Editor

“Mockingjay: Part One” has been released into theaters all across America. The third film in the “Hunger Games” franchise, this movie focused more so on emotions than action scenes, unlike the previous two films.

Katniss Everdeen, played by actress Jennifer Lawrence, is the heroine that becomes the symbol of the revolution against the Capitol. In Mockingjay, the plot starts off with  Katniss rebuilding her life after the Hunger Games, it was refreshing to see a more personable side of her. When the rebellion sparked, the fire spread to the other districts. Katniss cried, questioned herself and weighed her options about leading the rebellion. Katniss’ decisions were ultimately the theme of the movie. Also, Katniss experienced familiar emotions that she faced while she was in the Hunger Games and struggled with how to deal with the traumatic experiences while fighting in the rebellion.

In order to emphasize these, the camera crew did not hesitate to zoom in on Katniss’ or any other character’s face and reveal all of the character’s makeup lines, gaps in their teeth or facial expressions. This was intimidating to see, especially on a big screen, but it did emphasize the point that the audience had to pay attention to that moment in the movie. Some of the shots taken, were incredibly honest and heartfelt. The extras did a tremendous job with the scenes in the District Eight’s hospital wing. Most of the extreme closeups revolved around the idea of the rebellion but a few were about character’s relationships.

It was exciting to witness the relationship between Katniss and her little sister Primrose Everdeen blossom during Mockingjay. While in District 13, they grow closer and through short scenes and small details. The storyline shows how both Everdeen sisters has matured. Also, through their relationship, the audience learns a lot more about Prim’s character her desire to pursue a career as a doctor.

The ending is exciting, and this movie is worth a visit to the theaters if you are a fan of the “Hunger Games.”  “Mockingjay: Part One” is full of drama and you will want to cry, cringe and cheer during every second of  this movie. May the odds be ever in your favor.