I’ll admit, I was a bit nervous about this movie. Mockingjay was my least favorite book in the Hunger Games series (though I loved them all), and with it being broken into two movies when it wasn’t any longer of a book than the other two… Luckily, my fears were unwarranted. It was every bit as good as Catching Fire, which was amazing.
Really pretty close. Which, with two movies to cover it all, I would have hoped for, and they delivered. And where there were changes, they were pretty minor. Instead of Katniss’s original prep team being there in 13 (and being locked up and tortured), we get Effie, which I was thrilled about. She actually makes it funnier. The other biggest thing I saw was how Katniss’s demands happened when she became the Mockingjay. In the book, hunting was part of it, Gale by her side was a requirement, and she forgot Annie. In the movie, she only asked for the cat and the immunity of Peeta, Joanna, and Annie, and later Gale says he worked out that they could hunt. The relationship with Gale and Katniss had less anger and tension. Really, those were the biggest changes.
The actors have been perfect since the first book. I love Jennifer Lawrence, of course, but the whole cast is perfect. Effie’s change from Capitol daring to District 13 jumpsuit diva was hilarious and I really liked that she was added in. Aside from the missing prep team, no other characters were different from the book.
I think they picked the perfect place to end this movie. I had a feeling that’s where it would happen. (No spoilers!) Peeta’s transformation was slow and so believable, it still makes me mad to think about what the Capitol did to him. Snow was nice and creepy as always. The whole thing was full of action and emotion and left a nice cliffhanger for part 2.
There was so much raw emotion in this movie. It was heartbreaking and exciting and it was not at all lacking the emotion of the book, which can happen with book adaptations. I loved the whole thing.
On my nails when I went to see the movie:
And I made a video tutorial showing how I did them:
Did you see the movie? What did you think?