Author: Suzanne Collins
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Genre(s): Science Fiction
❝ When Katniss destroys the games, she goes to District 13 after District 12 is destroyed. She meets President Coin who convinces her to be the symbol of rebellion, while trying to save Peeta from the Capitol.❞
Despite the fact that I did not agree at all with the decision to split Mockingjay into two movies, I actually liked the ending. The last 15 minutes or so were absolutely nerve-wracking because I knew what would come and yet I was afraid at which scene Part 1 would end. I think the book was split nicely though with enough drama towards the end to make the viewers (me included) excited to watch Part 2. It will be such a long wait!
Naturally, there were some differences between book and movie, a few of which I did not really like. Katniss’ prep team consisting of Venia, Octavia and Flavius unfortunately made no appearance. In my opinion their small part in the book was actually really crucial. Katniss finds them locked up and mishandled in some kind of prison in District 13 and it’s perhaps the first time she really realizes that – while the Capitol mistreats people – Coin isn’t exactly an angel either. And though they replaced her prep team by Effie in the movie (whom I love!), that particular scene was left out and I thought it was a shame.
I was also a bit disappointed by Sam Claflin’s lack of screen time and the fact that some of Finnick’s greatest lines were given to other characters. It might just be because he’s one of my favorite characters that I wanted to see him on-screen so badly, but I felt as though he played a much more important role in the book. Lastly, when Katniss made her list of demands in the movie, the crucial “I kill Snow” clause was not present. I’m not really sure about this choice from the director because it is a really important aspect of the plot, especially in regard to second half of the book.
The cast provided a brilliant performance though, as always, and many of the new characters looked just like I imagined them in the book. In addition, I was also completely mesmerized by the music, especially because it resembled scores from the earlier movies. One of the most powerful moments in the movie also happened to be when The Hanging Tree song was revealed. I definitely got goosebumps at that point!
If you’re still wondering if you should go see this movie or if it’s as good as the book: the answer is yes. I loved it and the only reason I’m not giving it five stars is because of some of the changes I mentioned above.