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Mockingjay Part 1 vs Interstellar

Trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

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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.┬áBut 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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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire


This past weekend I went to see the new Hunger Games movie in theaters. A couple of years ago I started hearing about the Hunger Games series and when the movie came out I was very excited to see it. I really enjoyed the first movie and the sacrifice Katniss was willing to make for her younger sister Prim. At the end of the movie I was very intrigued by what would happen in the capital now that the Games were over. I had a feeling this corrupt system was heading towards destruction and our heroine had a part to play in the outcome.

I couldn’t wait for the next movie, so I read the books. And I’m happy to say this next movie follows the book really well. Now it didn’t include every single detail of the book, and a few parts felt rushed, but that tends to happen when you turn a full length novel into a 2 hour movie. Some things just don’t fit.

I was very intrigued with the view into President Snow’s life that we are given in the movie. Since the book is written form Katniss’s perspective, we are only given little tidbits about the President’s life. But the movie takes this a bit further; revealing his relationship with a granddaughter at home, and his reasoning behind the actions that he takes.

The only thing I have to complain about was a scene in Quarter Quell Hunger Games. At one point the group of victors that we are following gets attacked by some savage monkeys and the camera effects and lighting goes a little over the top. There are so many cuts and different angles that I lost track of which character I was watching and because everything was so dimly lighted, I could barely tell what was going on. The filmmaker might have intended this “shaky” cam filming to make the danger and confusion more real to the audience, but it had the opposite affect on me. I found myself thrown out of the movie and realizing that I was in a theater after all. I remained “outside” the movie experience until the action calmed down and the fight was over. Then I was able to reenter the story.

Other than that, I can’t complain too much. The storyline followed the book very well and all of the characters seemed appropriate to me. Of course I haven’t read the books in over a year, so that probably helped. See my other post about not watching movies in close proximity to reading the book:

In conclusion, if you are a fan of the first movie, or the book series, I’d say you’ll most likely be satisfied with this movie’s performance.

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