Mockingjay Part One Sets Spectacular Backdrop For Part Two

Eva Gu, Staff Writer

“My name is Katniss Everdeen. I am seventeen years old. My home is District 12. There is no District 12.” Thus begins the third installment in the worldwide phenomena that is The Hunger Games movies. Plotwise, the story sticks relatively close to the book, save for a few scenes added in or cut out. Throughout the movie, we get to see the character development that the rebellion has forced everyone to undergo; Prim has become more grownup, Effie becomes harder, Finnick drops the pretty­ boy act, and Katniss increasingly shows desire in wanting to lead the rebellion. Jennifer Lawrence’s acting in the movie alone is worth the money for a watch­­ she again demonstrates her ability to bring chills down spines and wrack nerves with her intense displays of emotion. However, book­readers may note that the tone of the movie is significantly less depressed than that of the book. Katniss seems saner and the revolution appears to be going well. Or perhaps it is only because the true war has not started just yet. Fans of the movie may possibly think that for them, there was hardly any action­­ the movie felt more like a filler to help build up plot. Even so, the movie is full of scenes that will either break your heart or make you want to slaughter your enemies while wearing combat boots. Songs featured in the movie (“The Hanging Tree” and “Yellow Flicker Beat” by Lorde) are also fast becoming recognized as popular mainstream music. All in all, this is must­-see for all fans of the series, leaving us to contemplate if “The Hunger Games” accurately portrays the true division in modern society between the first and the third world countries. (Also see it because of the extraordinarily tantalizing and anger-­provoking cliff­hanger.)