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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Film Review

Whether you are a cinema lover and looking for a thumbs up review to inspire your next trip, or a slightly late to the party youth worker desperately trying to get your head around The Hunger Games hype, or possibly a mega fan who wants to see whether our review matches up to what you think... whatever your feelings about The Hunger Games, keep reading to see our latest review from film loving Grace!

‘The courage of one will change the world’

IT’S FINALLY HERE!!! The film I’ve been waiting for is out in cinemas! It is… drum roll please… The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. Mockingjay is the 3rd instalment in The Hunger Games series which is based on the popular trilogy of books of the same name, written by Suzanne Collins. I loved the books and I loved the first two films!

For those of you who have been living under a rock and don’t know what The Hunger Games are, I will give you a brief overview. It is based in future America where it has been split up into 12 (used to be 13) Districts and the Capitol, home to the tyrannical people in charge. Every year 2 young people, a boy and a girl, from each district are randomly selected to go into The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a live TV show where the contestants fight to the death in a kill or be killed scenario, leaving only one winner who will live the rest of their days in luxury.

Mockingjay follows Katniss Everdeen after she destroyed the Hunger Games arena during the Quarter Quell games in Catching Fire. Katniss awakes in the long abandoned and apparently lifeless District 13. Away from the Capitol’s prying eyes, District 13 has become home to a whole city of people and the base to those planning a mass rebellion against the Capitol. Katniss may want to forget what happened to her but the people, and their President Coin, inspired by her courage, want her to become the symbol of the rebellion and lead them against the Capitol.

Mockingjay stars some of my favourite actors such as Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. It also stars some older famous actors such as Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson and the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

The first two films were heavily based around the games themselves, but this film is different as it does not feature the games. Mockingjay is about the rebellion and follows Katniss as she fights to save the people and her friend Peeta, who is being used by the Capitol to try to control the rebellion.

The film cleverly uses propaganda to show what each side wants. District 13 has the Mockingjay but the Capitol has Peeta. This leads into a clever power play between both sides, which leads to the death and destruction of many people, as they fight for their cause.

I went to see Mockingjay with 3 of my friends the day after it came out, and we were not disappointed. After the immense success of not only the first film but the second as well, we felt that this film was as good, if not better.

However this film is far darker then the last two. Although it is rated a 12, I believe there are some scenes that make it worthy of a 15, including dead bodies, a strangling scene (not unwatchable, just a bit graphic) and suicide missions by the people in the other districts as part of the rebellion. I think that the rebellion scenes were done cleverly, linking back to something Katniss said or did to inspire others. This film also makes you think, as you have to try to follow the strategies and manipulations of both sides.

I liked this film because I have become quite attached to the characters so I’m excited to see their story continue. This means that I cannot wait for Part 2 to come out as it should be even more exciting than Part 1 as the story reaches its conclusion! I say that this film is definitely hot, I’m a huge fan, go and see it now!

By Grace Ball

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