[Chloe Burrowes | Contributing Writer]
The Hunger Games’ fans worldwide can breathe a sigh of relief, as the much anticipated third film was just as good as expected. Fast paced, feisty and full of eye candy, The Hunger Games is one of the most thrilling film series of all time.
The story is set in Panem, a nation formed of the wealthy Capitol region and the 12 poorer districts that mostly live in poverty. The Hunger Games themselves is an annual televised event where one boy and one girl from each district is reaped and sent into the arena, where they must fight to the death and leave one survivor to claim victory.
The much anticipated third film, Mockingjay: Part 1 comes after the explosive end of the Quarter Quell in the previous film; where the tributes were chosen from the past victors of the Hunger Games. The star of the films, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) wakes up in District 13 joined by President Coin (Julianne Moore) and Plutarch Heavensbee (the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and is asked to be the Mockingjay of the rebellion against the Capitol.
Lawrence is the main attraction of the film; her effortless acting honestly makes you believe that she was born to play Katniss. Loved by both male and female fans, she makes the film believable and you feel complete empathy towards her as she pines for Peeta Mallark (Josh Hutcherson) still in the Capitol’s hands.
Despite the film lacking an actual Hunger Games within the film, this one is completely different… but still as exciting as ever. With just enough edge-of-your-seat moments and emotion, this is the type of film you could watch over and over again. The other thing the film lacked was the presence of Peeta, only seen briefly as a video link and in the explosive end scene (which I won’t spoil for those who haven’t watched it!)
The midnight screening of Mockingjay: Part 1 was an exciting event, an eclectic mix of fans from groups of students, to groups of adults– all with a common love for The Hunger Games. The excitement was added to with a free Katniss poster which now hangs proudly on my wall! Mockingjay is the type of film not to miss, don’t wait for it to come out on DVD, go see it as soon as possible and you will not be disappointed.
The Suzanne Collins’ books are something which can also be read in addition to the film. These are some of the only films where I felt that they lived up to the book and actually just make you enjoy the film more! After reading the books, you may feel a slight annoyance that some parts are left out or adapted; but honestly, what film adaptations have you seen that don’t do this?
Through the original books you gain an improved understanding of not only the characters but the whole idea of the Capitol and rebellion. True Hunger Games lovers should DEFINITELY pick up the books.