Rebellion ignites



There is nothing worse than reading a book — cozying up with this new world, getting familiar with the writing style and starting to count the characters as my friends — and then realizing I’ve reached the last page. That’s why I love book series. It’s comforting to know even when one book ends, there is another one waiting. In fact, there is only one book series I never finished — “The Hunger Games.”

I read the first two books, but when I picked up the third and final installment, “Mockingjay,” I found myself uninterested. So when the movie adaptation came out, I decided I would see it to determine if the book was worth reading. Also, I wanted to experience the movie as someone coming in with no prior knowledge of the story.

“Mockingjay: Part I” focuses on what happens after Katniss is pulled out of The Games and taken to the underground rebel organization, District 13. Katniss is pulled into the spotlight as the Mockingjay and used as a symbol of the rebel movement. Meanwhile, the Capitol has Peeta.

I loved the casting of the previous films, and the main characters — Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) — did not disappoint. They portrayed the raw emotion of the story in the way they always have but took it to a new depth.

My favorite part of the film was how they created the rebel propaganda clips. It was interesting to see how they filmed them and then to see the final product. It also brought a very real sense of politics and government that was alarmingly similar to ours.

There were some scenes so perfectly carried out I felt as if I was a part of the film, heart racing with the other characters.

However, though I liked the content of the film, I didn’t really understand the format.

The decision to split the movie into two parts seemed to be a mistake. The first half definitely serves its purpose of setting up plot and giving the audience the information it needs, but some of the scenes dragged and felt unneeded. I appreciate the fact it included many key elements of the book, but some things just don’t translate very well from page to screen.

I am not the first, nor will I be the last, to say I wasn’t a fan of the ending. When the end credits started rolling, I felt that anxious feeling of someone stopping in the middle of a sentence. This is partially due to the fact that I want to see the next movie, but mainly just the fact that it is not a very good ending.

The main accomplishment of the movie for me was it spiked my anticipation for the next movie and even made me want to pick my book back up and give it another shot.

I still have high hopes for “Mockingjay Part II,” and I’m crossing my fingers they can end it on the right note.