Mockingjay

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Hunger Games fans or not, audiences will agree that Mockingjay brings out an even darker side of the trilogy.

Hunger Games fans or not, audiences will agree that Mockingjay brings out an even darker side of the trilogy.
 Mockingjay Part 1 stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, Liam Hemsworth as Gale and Elizabeth Banks as Effie. They all did a magnificent job depicting their characters and their characters’ states of mind.
 Covering only the first half of the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy, Part 1 is a disturbing story that will leave you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The movie does an okay job following the book, but puts some quotes in other characters’ mouths and both leaves out and adds some new characters. At two hours and three minutes long, Mockingjay extends some scenes longer than needed. Despite the darkness of the war, this movie manages to be more humorous than the other two movies. They leave out the kidnapping of Effie’s stylists and add Effie into the story sooner instead. Mockingjay Part 1 was a good movie but not as good as the first two.
 Compared to the first two movies, Mockingjay Part 1 makes them look like Disney films. I wouldn’t call it gory, but there is bombing, dead bodies, or sick and injured people in almost every scene, making you leave the movie theater a little bit shaken. The characters aren’t like how they were portrayed in the first few movies and seem to act a little like psycho-killers. I would recommend this movie for at least 12 years old because of the war images and violence. This is not for kids or the weak-stomached.
 I would definitely recommend at least seeing the first two movies if not reading the books because without them you won’t understand what anybody is talking about or why they are acting in strange ways.
 But don’t get me wrong, I would recommend seeing it despite the darkness in the plot. The acting and humor brought together a spine-tingling movie, making it a must-see this season.