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The Mockingjay Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2: "We March Together" Trailer Released

As you know if you’ve been following my blog for long, I’ve blogged about the Hunger Games before.  I’ve seen all of the other movies and read the books. So this past weekend I went to see the latest Hunger Games movie.  And just in case you haven’t seen it, be aware that this blog post will have some spoilers in it. I found it interesting that before I got a chance to see the movie, several people in my life were complaining about this newest film. Some said they were disappointed, or didn’t like the ending. But I wanted to reserve judgement till I had actually seen the movie for myself.

So yesterday I settled into my movie chair with a good friend and we watching the 2 hour and 17 minute movie. And I couldn’t see why people were complaining. There were intense battle sequences, fairly good acting, and great music. I even laughed at a few of the lines. I thought the movie did an excellent job of bringing the book to life. If followed the story line almost perfectly as did the previous films. It seemed on par with all of the other Hunger Games movies. What was there to complain about?

And then it hit me, the people I’d heard complaining about the movie had not read the books, or at least not to my knowledge. Suddenly it all made sense. When I first read the books, I loved the first one, was still interested by the second, and was kind of frustrated with the third. I didn’t like that so many of the characters died and yeah I just didn’t like the story. But that’s how it was written. So when I went to see the movie I expected Finnick and Prim to die, I knew Coin was also a villain and I enjoyed seeing everything play out. Plus I got to see my extra favorite ending scene with Peeta and Katniss hanging out with their kids. By the way Peeta makes an awesome dad.

So yeah, I got what I expected. But if someone was watching the films and didn’t know how it was going to end, I can totally see why they were disappointed. I was too, just with the book. I can’t blame the movie, because it wasn’t the movie’s fault, it all came from the book. So in any case, if you’ve enjoyed the Hunger Games movies, you’ll probably enjoy this one too. But if you don’t know the ending, be prepared for some sadness coming your way because it’s not all happily ever after.


Mockingjay Part 1 vs Interstellar

Trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

#Interstellar #Movie

So I’ve gotten to see two movies in the theaters recently and rather than posting two posts, I’m going to talk about them both in one post. Can you guess which one I liked more?

Well I saw Interstellar first, and boy was it a ride. I felt like I was on a space ride at Epcot. This might be because the volume was turned up super loud in the IMAX theater I watched it in; there were even times I had to stop up my ears. So it did feel as if I was a passenger along for the ride. I enjoyed the exploration of space and how the laws of physics were used fairly accurately in this movie; such as time being relative. I loved Astronomy in college, and I enjoyed this movie’s use of real physics. It was a very unique space movie, and I generally liked the characters and storyline. I also liked the commentary on where our world is headed with all of it’s overproduction and extra stuff. I think the fictionalized future made sense; how the world would come back to a more basic kind of living. And I really liked how history was handled in the film, with the use of interviews throughout the movie, and the government changing the history books to say they’d never gone to space. It reminded me of how history even today can be tweaked depending on our current culture.

So there were a lot of intriguing parts of this movie, and I appreciate the uniqueness. However, I have to say I enjoyed watching the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 more.

For some reason, it was hard to really empathize with the characters in Interstellar, so I didn’t care very much about what happened. And when I left the movie theater, I just felt numb. But I really did enjoy the new Hunger Games movie. I’ve enjoyed all of the Hunger Games movies, and this new one was no exception. It stuck close enough to the book that I didn’t notice any missing details. And I thought they did an excellent job of creating a compelling story arch out of only half of the final book. It starts with Katniss wanting Peeta back, and wishing they had rescued him instead of her, and it ends with Peeta finally rescued from the capitol, but so messed up psychologically, that he’s still separated from Katniss. So she got what she wanted, but is still disappointed. Which sets up the story nicely to continue in the last film.

I also really liked the comic relief of how Katniss can’t act to save her life, and only is compelling onscreen when she’s just being herself. I also enjoyed seeing how the side characters, like Finnick, Effie, Prim, and Haymitch are continuing to develop. And man, I cannot get the Hanging Tree song out of my head. I loved how it was used as a rebel anthem. So, all in all, Mockingjay did not disappoint and I’m looking forward to the last film installment next year.

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