“If we burn you burn with us!”

"Mockingjay: Part 1" lights profits on fire and can now be bought on DVD

Katniss holds her mockingjay pin close to her. “Mockingjay Part 1” made a profit of 275 million dollars, world-wide, and broke the record for the year’s biggest domestic opening weekend. This film can be found at local retailers and online for purchases.

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Katniss holds her mockingjay pin close to her. “Mockingjay Part 1” made a profit of 275 million dollars, world-wide, and broke the record for the year’s biggest domestic opening weekend. This film can be found at local retailers and online for purchases.

Jordan Pulse

Francis Lawrence, influential director, drastically excels in another movie of the “Hunger Games” trilogy, “Mockingjay Part 1”, with only a few mistakes to spare.

“Mockingjay Part 1” carries the cliff-hanger ending from  the previous movie, “Catching Fire”, explaining how Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) embarks on becoming the leader of a rebel group against President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and her attempts to abolish the inequality of the Capital. Along the way, Katniss struggles to rescue other tributes, destroy the capital, and abolish violence between districts, while trying to save her family and remain alive.

Not to mention, multiple plot twists and over-dramatic scenes can be identified during the duration of this film, which made me cringe at the sight of the director overemphasizing the basic plot.

Although, the most unique and beautiful attribute of this film, in my opinion, was the use of dialogue and sudden climatic twists that kept the audience on the edge of their seats.

No wonder, this magnificent film made 275 million dollars world-wide in purchases, with an expense of 140 million dollars on makeup, CGI (computer generated imagery), and props.

However, Katniss still, aggravatingly, follows the love triangle she continues from the last two movies (“Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire”) between Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth).

To tell the truth, I feel as if this problem for Katniss drags on, getting old after a period of time, and distracts the audience of the suspenseful plotline. Honestly, Katniss choosing between Peeta and Gale is an unnecessary distracting detail and confuses critics, audiences, and writers on what the actual purpose of the film really is.

Overall, this film was a pretty much a masterpiece with a couple of flaws, but the true messages in the film still came through, along with becoming an amazing follow up to the sequel.

This movie gave the message to the audience to be a leader and stick up for individual beliefs, no matter the circumstance. Also, it preaches equality and abolishing discrimination towards all cultures or governmental groups.

I believe this film is worth seeing, due to the beautiful dialogue, soundtrack and the suspense that keeps the average audience on the edge of their seats, begging for more. Of course, many miniscule gaps in the story distract the audience from the true beauty inside this film, but that shouldn’t keep anyone from the complex, emotional scenes that no one, can resist.

If any student has a distinct interest in tragic, breath-taking movies, I recommend “Mockingjay Part 1” for middle-schoolers at Faith Lutheran. Available for rent and DVD, “Mockingjay Part 1” is a tragic film  for mature ages, and leaves audiences, all over the world in awe and shock of the amazement of this movie.

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