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Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

Last night I saw The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, the first part of the last movie in one of the largest and most successful YA book to movie franchises ever.

If you’ve seen the movie already too, please tell me what you thought in the comments!

Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

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As a Movie

Because Mockingjay wasn’t my favorite book, I didn’t really know what to expect from the movie. Especially because it followed the trend of splitting the final story in two. I mean, Mockingjay was a tough book to get through anyway.

Some thoughts:

The move was very well acted. I thought Jennifer Lawrence’s performance was amazing. She’s proven herself to be a perfect Katniss and such a strong actress. I felt like she really became the character, you know?

Which is unfortunate because Katniss does a lot of crying in this the Mockingjay movie…

The colored contacts in Julianne Moore’s eyes (President Coin) were SUPER distracting. I’m not sure why it was such a big deal to change the color of her eyes, but they weren’t naturally looking.

Her weird looking eyes distracted me every time she was in a scene. Also her hair NEVER moves. Just a small weird observation.

This was not the movie to split apart. There’s so much darkness and sadness in Mockingjay. Although the movie was well acted – including Phillip Seymour Hoffman – and the special effects and plot were nicely executed, the action happens in stops and starts.

The subject matter is so heavy – deaths and war and strategy – that I think the hardcore action of the second half of the book would have helped balance things out.

The only comedic relief moments centered on Effie and Haymitch’s characters. Don’t even get me started on Effie – she’s just awesome all around.

Final thought….PEEETAAAAAA!!!!!!!

As a Book Adaption

Honestly, I looked on Shmoop for a summary of the events in Mockingjay. Because I have NO IDEA what happens other than a few key and memorable things.

Things seems pretty accurate, but I’ll leave that up to you do decide.


The Mockingjay movie staid true to the Hunger Games movie franchise and is building up the the ultimate final battle between District 13 and the Capital. Even though I appreciated all the amazing acting from such talented people, I think the heaviness of the movie kept me from really enjoying it as much as its predecessors.

There’s so much crying and plotting and maneuvering that the movie would have been better as a whole had the second half not been omitted. I do think The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 will satisfy fans and leave viewers anxious for the conclusion of this epic series.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Brittany Welsh

    I haven’t seen it yet, but that is what I had been thinking every time I see the trailer…this just doesn’t seem like a good movie to split. If I had to guess, the first part will seem drawn out and the next one will feel too rushed. But that is just from an assumption about how they will split it and from a blurry memory of the book. I know I will be a HG fan no matter. 🙂

  • Sam

    It was very much like a chess game – the part I was putting all the pieces into play and setting everything up for the final battle. I enjoyed it just because I am such a lover of the books and characters but it was a little slow. People who are expecting the excitment of the arena will be dissapointed. All the action happens in the second part of the book. THE ACTING? OH THE ACTING!! Either way I was just excited i got to watch it out here in the desert! Yay for the MWR!

  • Allison

    Agreed! The colored contacts were so unnatural!!

  • Great review, I haven’t seen it yet. Catching Fire was my favorite book, not a fan of all the depressing events in Mockingjay! Still going to see the movie though 😀