‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’ leaves fans all choked up

by BRIANNA SICILIANO Social Media Coordinator

Picture this: you are seated at the edge of a movie theatre lounge chair with your eyes wide open, trying not to blink to prevent you from missing out on any minor detail of the best movie of the year. This imagined scene can be possible once you get your lazy bottom to the movie theater and purchase tickets to see the latest Hunger Games movie: “Mockingjay Part 1”!

From war scenes to action scenes to emotional scenes, “Mockingjay Part 1” has it all! If you do not want to read any spoilers, do not read past this paragraph! All you need to know is: the movie is an incredible must-see!

“I cannot wait to see the movie! ‘The Hunger Games’ is a wonderful book series, and the first two films were amazing. This movie is going to be even better! I am sure of it!” said senior Alannah Nasser.

The film starts out in District 13 (which is fully underground) of Panem; Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is livid. How could her rescuers save her from the Hunger Games (which we saw in the last movie, “Catching Fire”) but not her beloved Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson)?

Katniss is released from the medical center and is summoned to meet President Coin, the leader of the underground district. When asked to be the Mockingjay for the rebellion against the Capital (where President Snow lives and rules), Katniss is rude and sassy. She tells President Coin that if she wanted a leader to spark the rebellion, then she should have saved Peeta.

Eventually, Katniss agrees to become the Mockingjay as long as her conditions are granted (and of course, they are). To instigate her rebellion, Katniss is sent to District 12 (her home district) to see what the capitol did to her home. As she steps off of District 13’s aircraft and onto her homeland, things become serious.

President Snow ordered ‘peacemakers’ (his soldiers) to blow up the land and all of the people on it. Katniss sees destruction and death everywhere; hundreds of thousands of human skeletons are spread apart along the blown up land. Eventually, we learn from Gale (Liam Hemsworth) that a little over 900 people of the 10,000 population got away from District 12 before the explosions and shootings; so many people were murdered because of President Snow’s orders.

Propaganda videos are created of Katniss, Gale, and Finnick (Sam Claflin) to promote the rebellion throughout the film, while Peeta is forced to praise and promote the capitol in his own propaganda videos.

As the film goes on, we see two sides of the war – mostly the rebellious side, thankfully. We see Katniss giving hope to people who need it, like people in the hospital of District 8, and we see the violence that President Snow is ordering and condoning, like the explosions of District 8’s hospital, and the explosions over District 13’s underground land.

People in multiple districts of Panem are inspired by Katniss’ Mockingjay videos to riot and rebel against the capitol, and progress seems to be happening.

By the end of the film, there are tons of thrilling action and emotional reunion scenes; Katniss is reunited with Gale, Prim (Willow Shields) is reunited with her beloved cat, Katniss is reunited with Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) and Effie (Elizabeth Banks),  Finnick is reunited with his beloved Annie (Stef Dawson), Finnick and Katniss are reunited with their good friend Johanna (Jena Malone), and Katniss is reunited with her beloved Peeta.

“The last scene is a major cliff hanger. I do not want to reveal too much, but I think it was one of my favorite scenes. I hated what happened, but it was such a clever way to end the film. I want to see the next movie as soon as possible! This movie was so great,” said senior Kira Rea.

But what is the end result of Peeta and Katniss’ reunion? How are they even reunited? Does President Snow allow District 13’s rescuers to save the three victors that have been held captive without a fight? Find out everything by watching this fabulous movie!

Once you see the movie, be sure to tell me what you think! Did you love the film as much as I do? Are you excited for “Mockingjay Part 2”?

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