Mockingjay hits theaters

Mocking Jay Part 1 was not quite what was promised, and subject to criticism.

From tribute, to martyr, to the most famous source of propaganda, Katniss Everdeen has been through Hell, and was forced to do it with a smile. Mockingjay: Part One is the movie adaptation of the novel Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins, the third book in The Hunger Games series and was not as popular as it could have been. From the newspaper, The Washington Post, movie critics say that District 13’s President Alma Coin was far softer and remorseful than in the novel. While portrayed as an emotionless character whose heart has been hardened by the abuse District 13 retrieved from the Capital, it was odd to see that the movie version portrayed her  sympathetically. Also, while most fans of the book would remember Katniss fighting for control in District 13, the movie had made her more a figure of propaganda against the Capital rather than a warrior.

The movie may have lacked luster amongst the critics, but sophomore Erica Blackwell felt “it was really long but totally worth it. It was heart-wrenching watching Katniss go crazy once Peeta was captured.” From women’s rights to socialist views, the movie was more about propaganda and control of government rather than fighting the Capital. These themes really made the movies stand out.

The acting in the movie bested the film itself as Jennifer Lawrence set the scenes on fire with emotion, passion, and authenticity. The acting shown by late Philip Seymour Hoffman, a.k.a. the loved Plutarch Heavensbee passed away prior to the completion of the film, on February, 2nd, 2014, and as a final performance, it is definitely one that will go down in history.

Out of fear of spoilers, I will not say where the movie ended, you will just have to watch it yourself and come to your own conclusions.