Mockingjay Part 1 stays true to the novel

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Jocelynne Dorotan, Eastside Staff

Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire, returns to the big screens on Nov. 21, dazzling the world yet again.

Similar to the Harry Potter and Twilight movies, the final book of Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games, Mockingjay, was split into two separate movies: Mockingjay Part 1 and Mockingjay Part 2. Both movies were directed by Francis Lawrence, who also directed Catching Fire.

Jennifer Lawrence does an excellent job portraying Katniss Everdeen, the main protagonist of the story. Lawrence strongly depicts Katniss’ emotions and struggles as she ventures to the different districts in hope of instigating a full rebellion against the Capitol. Katniss also has to cope with the hijacking of Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).

Along Katniss’ side is her best friend Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), her mentor Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) and Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks).

Unfortunately, the actor portraying Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) passed away. Mockingjay Part 1 is dedicated to Hoffman, who was an amazing and influential actor.

Many new characters are introduced in this film, such as the District 13 rebellion leaders and the directors of the propagandas (propos) that Katniss shoots. Julianne Moore plays the president of District 13, President Alma Coin and Mahershala Ali plays Boggs, Coin’s right hand man.

Overall, a majority of the film stays true to the details and events of the novel. The special effects used throughout the film add to its suspense and action. The ending of the first part of Mockingjay leaves a powerful cliffhanger.

Mockingjay Part 1 is a must see movie for everyone. Fans of the Hunger Games will not be disappointed.