Becca Short reviews Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, the first part of the finale of the Hunger Games trilogy was released on the 20th November. On its opening night, the Mockingjay made $55 million, a figure down from $67 million for The Hunger Games and $70 million for Catching Fire, but still an astonishing amount. At a time when so much of the media and popular culture is full of sexism, racism and classism it’s refreshing to see a trilogy about an over powerful state and revolution becoming so popular. Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, is without a doubt one of strongest female characters around.
The media’s response to the popularity of the Hunger Games has been to make it all about the love interest between Katniss, Peeta and Gale. This completely misses the point of the film, which it is about the brutality of the Capitol, Katniss protecting her family and people trying to fight back and change the system. Ironically, our media do exactly what the Capitol do in the series: ignore what’s really going on and make it all about a girl looking for true love.
The Mockingjay Part 1 was disappointing. Splitting the book, which is only 450 pages, into two parts was definitely a mistake. It meant that the film was all build up and had no shape. It was clearly done just as a way to increase profits. However, I am really looking forward to Part 2, which will have much more of the action and despite the disappointment of this film, I still love the series as a whole.