Sunday, 7 December 2014

Review: Mockingjay Movie

First off, if you haven't seen the movie, I suggest you run to the nearest cinema and see it right now. I haven't seen any book adaptations that is this well translated so GO, GO, GO! I saw this on the weekend of the first week so the three cinemas Centrio allotted for it were packed. But now on its third week, I doubt it's still as packed so by all means, go see the movie!

My friends read the Hunger Games trilogy in high school and waited for a year for Mockingjay to be published. If this is your story too then you must understand how terribly disappointed we were when we finally got to read it. Little spoiler: I didn't understand all the 'random' killing. After the way Catching Fire ended (with yet another cliffhanger, as is Suzanne Collin's forte), you'd had hope to get a more thrilling and equally captivating book for the series' conclusion. I was angry and It wasn't until I saw the realistic depictions in the film that I understood how Collins had to make the war as believable as it can be. She didn't spare the crowd favorites or dug the graves of the despised like any writer who overvalued commercial success. She wrote like a writer, she told the story.

In this review, I won't be talking about the plot overall because I think I've done that with my previous review of the trilogy. Instead, I'm focused more on the cinematography, sound and interpretation (despite my introduction lol)

Quite frankly, there are only two dystopian book adaptations that have been able to deliver in terms of cinematography: Divergent and this series. The visualization and symbolism is magnificent. I was quite worried how they were going to translate -'s writing a script for - in the film but they wrote it nicely. Everything looked natural. Really, I've got nothing more to say but props to the CG team!

The OST fits the general theme of the movie very well. Thank God for Surround Sound! And obviously, I had a bit of an LSS going on post-movie.

Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) was very expressive, I've always loved her versatility and emotions in her movies. I wish I could say the same for her parallel, Josh Hutcherson (Petra Mellark). Instead of seeming exploited, vulnerable and brainwashed (oops! Spoiler alert!) he looked like he was on drugs.

I'm such a scatterbrain because I cant think of anything else. I know there are some out there who feel disappointed with how the movie ended, but keep in mind that this is just the first part of the final installment and there are more things coming your way. I do feel the need to warn you though, the final book, for me wasn't able to live up to the action, drama and stress of the first and second books. If you want a repeat of the romance in Catching Fire, you'll be thoroughly disappointed. Ooh look, I'm back to talking about the plot again.

Anyway, the team did quite a marvelous job at interpreting the book. The movie really exceeded my expectations and this is really one of those times when I wish I hadnt read the book so I wouldn't know how the movie will end. With the direction that the movie is heading towards, I doubt they'll drastically change the plot.

*I have not, in any way, received any compensation, in cash or kind, in exchange for this review.

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