So life has been crazy and I have been dealing with some other things lately, which I am planning to talk about in more detail tomorrow. Suffice it to say I have not been writing as much as I want or should be, thus no Litflix for Mockingjay Part 2 until now.
It is really interesting try to compare one whole movie to half a book. Honestly part of the problem I had with Mockingjay Part 1 is that it is not the whole story. The first part is all about Katniss coming to grips with being the symbol of the revolution and what that means. Dealing with the after effects of watching people dying around her when she thinks she is the one who really should be dead. The second part is about a plan of action. It is the culmination of all the turmoil that has been happening leading to the final confrontation. It means that in this movie we get a lot more of the action happening. Now this does follow along with the book, but the pacing between a movie and book function very differently. Continue reading
David and I got to see Mockingjay Part I when we were in Australia. We enjoyed it, but it does feel a bit like a step between movies. The movie itself is good and is a faithful adaptation of the book. At the same time if I judged it as a stand alone movie, I do not know how well it really holds up. It continues the story of Katniss and the Districts, but does not necessarily tell its own story. This does make sense since they split the story into two parts, but I feel like it does not make sense to split the story unless you really have two stories to tell. At the same time by splitting the story they were able to include a lot more details from the book than if they had kept it as one movie. There was an interesting balance, but at the same time I did enjoy the continuation of the story and the performances by all the actors were phenomenal. The movie itself, such as in the book really deals with the after effects on the characters of what occurred in the previous movies. This does not move the story forward, but does give us a great character study to explore. (Spoilers for Mockingjay after the jump.) Continue reading