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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1Love Is a Risk Worth Taking

by Yo Snyder | 2014-11-21 | Movies, Reviews
Mockingjay Part 1 may be the first time where I find myself fully supporting the move to split a book into two parts for a movie. It was fine with Harry Potter, I didn’t even bother to see if it made sense with Twilight, and it’s obviously unnecessary with The Hobbit, but for Mockingjay it was definitely the right move. Maybe even a necessary one. One of the biggest issues with the book (there are several) is how rushed it sometimes felt. There are some big ideas and great moments in the book that never get time to be properly developed or to just breathe for a bit. There’s a headlong rush towards the finale that saps the power from some truly intriguing moments. By taking the book and splitting it into two movies, the story gets a chance to breathe a bit more. It allows for the proper build up to some truly powerful moments, and it gives us a chance to just dwell with the characters a bit more in order to reflect on all that happens. Yes, doing this two-part thing still carries the unavoidable flaw of such a choice – this is an incomplete story without part 2, and it feels that way – but I walked away from Mockingjay Part 1 thinking not only was it the right choice, but it may lead to the weakest book turning into the strongest movie. At least, I certainly thought Mockingjay Part 1 was the best Hunger Games flick thus far. Some of this improvement comes just from the natural progression of a successful franchise. A bigger budget and a better, more familiar feel for how to the handle the material leads to a more confident product. There’s one scene towards the end of Mockingjay that shows just how far this series has come; the combination of excellent cinematography, smart sound design, smart editing, and a great sound track all blend perfectly together to create a tense, edge-of-your-seat scene that remains such regardless of whether you’ve read the books or not (I have and I was still nervous). The change in tone also greatly helps... read
 

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