‘Mockingjay, Part 1″ takes box

“Mockingjay, Part 1” was released on Nov. 21 and topped the charts over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday with an estimated $83 million. The third of the four-part installment for “The Hunger Games” picked up right where the previous “Catching Fire” left off. For those who have not read the book series and have only seen the films, “Mockingjay” doesn’t disappoint. However, those viewers who took the time to read all three books might notice the film’s lacking some vital details.

“Mockingjay, Part 1” begins with the first ever look into District 13, an underground utopia of refugees who are unhappy with the Capitol. Unaware of her current state and the outcome of the 75th annual Hunger Games, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) awakes to find herself in a hospital located in District 13. As she comes to, Katniss realizes some other victors are being held by the Capitol, including Peeta, her ally and assumed love interest.

The film goes on to establish Katniss as the symbol of hope for District 13 and the entirety of Panem: the Mockingjay. Katniss’ role as a rebel leader requires her to film propaganda videos that are shown throughout Panem and the Capitol as a way of alerting everyone that the districts will not go down without a fight. As the entirety of Panem is run under the control of President Snow, the propaganda is directed specifically to him. He has created a state of oppression and despair due to his mandatory public executions and public air strikes on the rebel districts.

Some viewers may be satisfied by what “Mockingjay” has to offer. However, others might be left wanting more, specifically those viewers who read the series. While the film does a great job of keeping viewers interested, you can’t help but crave more explanation, which is obviously found in the books. The lack of explanation could also be credited to the change of director. Gary Ross directed the first installment, “The Hunger Games,” but bowed out after the film’s release. The final three installments will all be directed by Francis Lawrence. While F. Lawrence does a spectacular job of transferring the book series from paper to screen, he still lacks the ability to include all of the necessary details found in the books.

“Mockingjay, Part 1” creates a suspenseful adventure for all viewers but abruptly comes to an end at possibly the most climactic part of the entire film, leaving a void that can only be filled by the final installment of “The Hunger Games.”

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