The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay pt. 1 probably not what you expect

I remember 2012 like it was two years ago. I started hearing about this film called The Hunger Games. Apparently it’s based on a book? I don’t read many books, they ruin movies. At least that’s what I tell myself to continue in my ignorance. I walked into that movie a skeptic and left a believer. If I could whistle I’d do the Mocking Jay call here. Though the first movie had a lot of shaky camera work it was undeniable the action, Jennifer Lawrence’s performance and the story that was unfolding were riveting. If only there was a way that I could look more into that world and not have to wait for the next three movies… oh well.

After the Cliffhanger ending of Catching Fire (2013) we were all wanting more Katniss. Then it was announced that they were splitting the final book into two movies. To quote Job from Arrested Development “Come on!” Yes I will watch both. Yes I’ll probably like both. But unless the story warrants the shift this is just a marketing tool to make more money. So, is Mocking Jay Part 1 a cash grab or is it a well crafted film that got me excited for the finale? Yes!

Cash grabbyness aside, The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Pt. 1 was a intriguing, thrilling and interesting film to watch. I should say however that this movie will likely, unless you’ve read the books, be what you expect. This film is much slower with very little action a lot of talking and a lot of group speeches. Seriously, there are like six. Unlike the prior films, which fit more in the action genre, Mocking Jay Pt. 1 is much of a political thriller.

We find Katniss Everdeen in District 13. She is hurt, scared and missing her Peeta. Why? I’m not sure, he’s the worst #teamgale. Moving on… Following the spectacle at the end of the last games a resistance has begun and District 13 is at the center of it all. What the resistance needs now is a symbol and they get one in the ever likable but tough Katniss Everdeen. What this boils down to is a political back and forth propaganda war between the capital and District 13. I get it, this sounds boring, but it worked for me. By the end of the film I was very excited to see how the finale turns out.

The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Pt. 1 was not at all what I expected. The trailers made it look much more action oriented which I think will leave a lot of people feel like it was missing something. That’s just a marketing failure. I found the movie itself to be extremely tense and interesting. I must have leaned over to my wife and whispered “That was crazy!” like ten times. Mocking Jay Pt. 1 might not be what you expected, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s like being handed a soda and told it’s Pepsi only to find out it’s root beer, not bad, just different.

I would highly suggest Mocking Jay Pt. 1. My only caveat being that it’s good to go in knowing what kind of movie it is to get your expectations in the right spot. Sometimes the worst thing about a movie is the expectations we bring into it.

What did you think about The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Pt. 1, let us know in the comments below.

Bryce Cooley
I've been doing some form of ministry since 2000. For 13 years I was involved in the youth ministry at Cordova Neighborhood Church as everything from youth intern to youth pastor. God has led me and my lovely wife Bethany to Church of the Foothills where I currently reside as the Digital Publishing Coordinator. I'm excited to see where God leads my wife and I.