From Page to Screen: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)

From Page to Screen: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)

I haven’t blogged about my experience reading The Hunger Games trilogy so I can’t link you to my reviews. What I can tell you now that this series is beloved to me. Katniss is a great character. The end of the series is BOLD and wonderful and thought-provoking. The movies are no exception. I think the first two are faithful adaptations. They excited me and made me a happy reader-camper.

Mockingjay is my favorite book of the series so I was super excited to see the movie. My friend and I went on opening day. We saw the 10:30 am show …. because I’m old and slightly agoraphobic. I like to go to bed early and I don’t like to be in super huge crowds. This time slot was awesome for a few reasons: 1. It was Friday. That meant NO TEENAGERS. 2. An early show meant going out for pancakes beforehand. Well, the pancakes were awesome, but the 10:30 showing totally had teenagers in it. I wanted to yell “Get off my lawn!” every time they mocked Peeta’s name. “PEEEEEEEEEEEETAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA,” they loudly whispered in an overly emotive mock-Katniss tone. They were totally #TeamGale.

What I Liked:

  • Josh Hutcherson’s performance as Peeta. Those scenes when they rescue him … holy crap. They were so well done.
  • Vulnerable Katniss. I know a lot of people hate how scared she is in the book and in the movie, but I like it. It shows that even the strongest break.
  • Julianne Moore. She’s the PERFECT President Coin.
  • Gale. But only because he’s showing his true colors. I had him pegged from the beginning of the series. #NotTeamGale
  • “The Hanging Tree.” I struggled with finding the tune in the book. I should have thought it would sound like a folk song. Love it.
  • “If we burn, you burn with us!”
  • The few additions made for the film: the loggers and the dam workers, especially. Those shots with “The Hanging Tree” playing behind it moved me.

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Not enough Haymitch. Man, I love that guy.
  • Where the movie ended. I TOTALLY wanted to see it end after Peeta attacks Katniss. This really isn’t a dislike though because where the movie ended was perfectly fine. It just would have been more epic if it had ended the way I wanted.

Book vs. Movie

The book wins, but only just. Mockingjay (2014) is an exciting, faithful adaptation. My non-series-reading husband even wants to see it.

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  • Greg Hill

    I just watched Catching Fire last night, so now I want to see Mokinjay big time. That cliffhanger has me very curious as to what happens next. I liked Finnick and Johanna a lot, and thought it was a good movie. And there’s more to Gale? Hmm, can’t wait to see what ‘s next. I may have to read these books at some point.

    • Catching Fire was a really good movie. Very faithful to the book. The whole movie franchise is super faithful in general. I hope you get to see Mockingjay soon! So, so good.

  • I LOVED The Hanging Tree part. I downloaded the song off iTunes. Ha. I agree with all of this post, especially the one about needing more Haymitch!

    • I actually heard a remixed version of the song on the radio the other day. It was remixed as a club song though. I’m not sure how I feel about that. But I had the song in my head for ages afterward.

      • I was actually not happy with the remix. I just love the original version so much. So that’s the one I downloaded. 🙂

        • Yeah, I won’t be seeking out the remix any time soon. The only thing it did for me was put the original tune in my head.

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