Here’s the thing—I haven’t heard very many good reviews of Mockingjay, Part 1. It didn’t make as much money as the other movies, it was too dark, it didn’t have a conclusion. Wah wah wah. These are all terribly inaccurate, in my opinion. This is what you need to know about Mockingjay, Part 1:
- No, it didn’t make as much money, but here’s why: Interstellar. What does another movie have to do with this, you ask? IMAX decided to commit to playing Interstellar, so Mockingjay, Part 1 was unable to have an IMAX release.
- Yes, it was dark. But have you read the freaking book? It’s supposed to be dark! The majority of the story takes place underground, in a bunker! And there’s a revolution brewing. And come on, you know what the first two books were about, right? Kids killing each other. Of course it’s dark. If it had been a comedy, no one would have wanted to see it.
- No, it didn’t have a conclusion. Generally, movies that are listed as “Part 1” don’t. The conclusion will come next year.
I loved this movie. I thought it was an amazing portrayal of the first half of the book. It really brought everything to life, and the additions made for the sake of putting it on the screen (more Effie, yes please!) were all tactful and well done. And the scenery! Oh my gosh, it was one of the most visually pleasing movies I’ve seen in a long time. It was beautiful. It captured exactly what Suzanne Collins wanted. And the actors were brilliant. I have no complaints, none at all.
And here’s something I know for sure—I’d like to see it again before it leaves theaters!