I finally got to see Mockingjay - Part 1. Better late than never though. I didn't want to miss the latest Hunger Games movie in the theatre again. Mockingjay - Part 1 was pretty much what I expected. Katniss was desperate to get Peeta back (like keeping him alive in Catching Fire), Prim was her sweet, level-headed sister. Her mom was background. Gale came into his own more in the movie though. When they go back to District 12, the expression on the film crew's faces as he speaks about what happened, it was a fantastic scene.
One thing I didn't notice until my Hubby mentioned it after the movie was that Katniss cried a lot. Much, more than the previous films. It is understandable, since there were a lot of upsetting things. But, he said, every time he saw her on the screen, he wondered what was going to make her cry now. Thinking back on it, it's true.
I think Mockingjay did a good job bringing to the screen some of the horrors of war. Yes, they are fighting for freedom from the Capitol, but there is a cost. It not as graphic as other films, many kids will be watching, but it's there, the death, sadness and despair. There was also a lot of talking in this film. I thought it might happen this way once they announced that Mockingjay would be two films. There was explaining why District 13 survived, what happened in District 12 and the other Districts. I did like the fact that it was interspersed with scenes showing the rebellion in the Districts. Though, I could have used more Finnick. Mockingjay - Part 1 was great, but I still felt like it was a warm up to the final film. Maybe that's just because I already know what will happen. It has also made me want to re-read the final book.
Have you seen all these amazing posters? The District ones break my heart a bit. I think this is some great marketing on the part of the studio.