Directed by Francis Lawrence, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, Mockingjay Part 1 was as good as expected. Having read the books awhile ago, I knew what to expect story wise and had a fair idea of where the first part would cut off and make way for the second part which would come out later next year.
In terms of the story, it stuck to the books very well. Saying this, it certainly did feel like the first part out of two. There was no cliffhanger and in spite of snippets of action, it did feel as though the filmmakers had made the decision to leave the best for last and possibly create a buildup for an explosive finale.
Like the previous two films, the audience was allowed to see scenes that were otherwise absent due to Katniss’ first person perspective in the books. One of my favourites was the tributes rescue mission. Another one of my favourite sequences was the attack of District 13, the most dramatic of the film in my eyes. With a heartfelt warning from Peeta and Prim wanting to rescue her cat no matter what, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.
It was strange though seeing a lot less Peeta, Haymitch and Effie in comparison to the other two films and instead seeing a lot of Katniss’ film crew throughout the film (Natalie Dormer). In spite of a lot less Peeta, Josh Hutcherson’s performance hit the mark. He really is Peeta and I’m so glad he was cast all those years ago.