Mocking Jay II

January 9, 2016

I froze my ass off waiting in line to buy tickets for Mocking Jay II. 
 Who’d have thought after weeks of waiting for it to come to the small 
town base theatre I’d still have to wait outside?! Not me, that’s for 
damn sure. But really that’s a rant for another day. Mocking Jay II… So I’ve purposefully not read a single review of this film. I read the books right after the first Hunger Games
 came out in theatre. In fact, my roommate at the time had told me about
 the books about a year before. I’d never heard of them. I’m sort of a 
book cover snob (trust me, I know how bad that is) and since it looked 
very political thriller-esk I never got around to reading them - quickly
 forgetting the premise she’d told me about. Fast forward a year and I’m
 sitting in the theatre absolutely appalled at what I’m watching. 
Children killing one another wasn’t my idea of a good time. In the small
 town I was living in, there was only one reputable theatre at the time -
 two screens. If you wanted to see a movie, you just went and picked one
 - not always with many options. About half way through the movie, it 
was ringing bells in my mind of something I’d heard before. I of course 
went home and looked it up after and found that it was based on the 
first of a three book series. Needless to say, I read them all in less 
then three days - borrowing from various friends to get the job done. So
 tonight I sat and enjoyed the final installment of a four part movie 
saga I read more then four years ago. While I remembered almost every 
moment of the book, I was still hoping the movie would feel fresh. Boy 
did it ever! I was pleasantly surprised at the way it was filmed. I felt
 like the last book was a bit rushed but they were able to take the time
 to express it all visually in this two part movie. After the 
movie was over, my theatre companions asked me: Did Peta and Katniss 
actually have children at the end of the book? I was able to explain 
that yes they did. In the books, Katniss was so hell bent against ever 
getting married or having a family because it would mean that she’d 
bring life into a world of starvation, slavery, death, and the chance at
 torture in the Hunger Games. But by the end of the book, she’d found 
peace, and sacrificed nearly everything for it. Children at the end of 
the book and movie meant that life in the districts was peaceful and she
 was able to flourish. Enough so that bringing life into the world 
wasn’t a bad idea. I wondered how Philip 
Seymour Hoffman’s roll was going to play out in the film knowing that 
he’d passed away before the filming was finished. Successfully it would 
seem, it didn’t feel awkward at all. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh 
Hutcherson had outstanding performances. As I was walking out of the 
theatre these two Bro-Bro’s were walking behind me. “I don’t know why 
Katniss chose Peta over that hunky Gale.” “Seriously dude, Gale was way 
more buff then Peta.” *Sigh* Clearly some people don’t understand. The
 cinematography didn’t disappoint and in fact I (the girl who never gets
 jumpy) jumped when the mutts came out of the tunnels. I was on edge 
when the oil was rising. I got choked up when Finnick was getting 
married knowing it was only a matter of time before he was going to die.
 There are a lot of things that could be said about the these films, a 
lot of political statements. But at the end of the day, they are also 
simply good fiction. I feel like the film was able to do the book 
justice, it made me even want to re-read them all. Maybe this year I’ll 
do just that.
I froze my ass off waiting in line to buy tickets for Mocking Jay II. Who’d have thought after weeks of waiting for it to come to the small town base theatre I’d still have to wait outside?! Not me, that’s for damn sure. But really that’s a rant for another day.

Mocking Jay II… So I’ve purposefully not read a single review of this film. I read the books right after the first Hunger Games came out in theatre. In fact, my roommate at the time had told me about the books about a year before. I’d never heard of them. I’m sort of a book cover snob (trust me, I know how bad that is) and since it looked very political thriller-esk I never got around to reading them – quickly forgetting the premise she’d told me about. Fast forward a year and I’m sitting in the theatre absolutely appalled at what I’m watching. Children killing one another wasn’t my idea of a good time. In the small town I was living in, there was only one reputable theatre at the time – two screens. If you wanted to see a movie, you just went and picked one – not always with many options. About half way through the movie, it was ringing bells in my mind of something I’d heard before. I of course went home and looked it up after and found that it was based on the first of a three book series. Needless to say, I read them all in less then three days – borrowing from various friends to get the job done.

So tonight I sat and enjoyed the final installment of a four part movie saga I read more then four years ago. While I remembered almost every moment of the book, I was still hoping the movie would feel fresh. Boy did it ever! I was pleasantly surprised at the way it was filmed. I felt like the last book was a bit rushed but they were able to take the time to express it all visually in this two part movie.

After the movie was over, my theatre companions asked me: Did Peta and Katniss actually have children at the end of the book? I was able to explain that yes they did. In the books, Katniss was so hell bent against ever getting married or having a family because it would mean that she’d bring life into a world of starvation, slavery, death, and the chance at torture in the Hunger Games. But by the end of the book, she’d found peace, and sacrificed nearly everything for it. Children at the end of the book and movie meant that life in the districts was peaceful and she was able to flourish. Enough so that bringing life into the world wasn’t a bad idea.

I wondered how Philip Seymour Hoffman’s roll was going to play out in the film knowing that he’d passed away before the filming was finished. Successfully it would seem, it didn’t feel awkward at all. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson had outstanding performances. As I was walking out of the theatre these two Bro-Bro’s were walking behind me. “I don’t know why Katniss chose Peta over that hunky Gale.” “Seriously dude, Gale was way more buff then Peta.”

*Sigh* Clearly some people don’t understand.

The cinematography didn’t disappoint and in fact I (the girl who never gets jumpy) jumped when the mutts came out of the tunnels. I was on edge when the oil was rising. I got choked up when Finnick was getting married knowing it was only a matter of time before he was going to die. There are a lot of things that could be said about the these films, a lot of political statements. But at the end of the day, they are also simply good fiction. I feel like the film was able to do the book justice, it made me even want to re-read them all. Maybe this year I’ll do just that.

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