Mockingjay does not live up to hype

Caitlyn McCarthy, Entertainment Editor

The anticipated installment of the Hunger Games, Mockingjay part one, was disappointing to say the least. Catching Fire left audiences on the edge of their seats, but it was the complete opposite for Mockingjay. The movie probably put some of the audience members asleep rather than keeping them intrigued.

In Mockingjay part one, District 13 is going against the capital. There are more people in the different districts that are becoming rebels, joining the fight with District 13. To gain more support, District 13 needs Katniss (Jenifer Lawrence) to become the Mockingjay, to be a symbol of the rebellion.

Since there are many obstacles emotionally that Katniss has to go through, Jenifer Lawrence has to be able to portray various emotions. Throughout the movie Katniss is able to strongly show her emotions. One of the emotions greatly portrayed by Katniss is being upset because Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) is still being held in the capital. There are videos filmed in the capital that are shown throughout the different districts that spark outrage because of what Peeta says in the video.

For example, one of Peeta’s messages is to the rebels trying to convince them that what they are doing is wrong: “I want everyone who is watching to lay down their weapons.”

The ending of Catching Fire could have lead audiences to believe that Peeta would probably be a big part in Mockingjay, but sadly Peeta is in only a few scenes, which I found to be very disappointing because I felt that Peeta was a major character. In the few scenes Peeta is in, he is able to clearly express his emotions.

The district 13 authorities want Katniss to make a video to try to gain more rebel support, so they send her a hospital to visit people who were injured from helping the rebellion. While filming, the capital attacks the area, and Katniss becomes very outraged because the people have no way of fighting back.

The group of people with Katniss begin videotaping her when she becomes emotional, and says, “If we burn, you burn with us.” Katniss is directing this threat towards President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Mockingjay part one was not really deserving of all the hype with the exception of the way the movie ended. For someone who did not read the books it was very hard to make connections and really understand the movie. The movie would have been better if they had not made it into two different parts, which made this movie dragged out and boring. Mockingjay movie receives three out of five