As of November the first film adaptation of Suzanne Collins The Mockingjay has come to screen and there has been some various opinions on the films quality and discussion of whether it should’ve been split into two films.
Since the split of the final Harry Potter book, The Deathly Hallows, many book adaptations have the final books split into two films. So the four book Twilight saga becomes five movies and the three book Divergent trilogy is to be a four-part movie. Is this new founded development necessary for the adaptations? Or is this a chance for the film companies to make more money?
The Mockingjay film follows the footpaths of Katniss as she finds herself in newly discovered district 13 and living with the fear that Peeta is maybe dead in the Capitol. Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of Katniss is superb and we see and feel the various degrees of emotions that Katniss is afflicted with. We watch as Katniss fumbles a video shoot, when there is action we see the resolute scowl surfacing, when things turn macabre, a single tear springs forth.
This first part film is different to the two previous films, just like the first half of the book, there is little action and more of a political propaganda activism vibe. We do see Katniss firing her bow and arrow, but there is little of even that. Katniss is portrayed as being the puppet or mockingjay for the districts, we watch as she is pushed and pulled in a more political role than survival role as in previous Hunger Games and Catching Fire.
There is a new moment in the film when we see the interaction between rebel mastermind Plutarch Heavensbee (the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and the PR guru Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), as he encourages her to take on Katniss once more and coach the reluctant teen leader once more. This part doesn’t happen in the book, yet the director Frances Lawrence is released from the confines of transporting a whole novel into a two-hour film, Lawrence is given the opportunity to develop and divulge more into this new world with the split adaptation. In Lawrence’s film we learn more and see more things and learn new secrets, what fan of the book wouldn’t want that.