Mini Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Director: Francis Lawrence
Release Date: November 21st, 2014
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Genre(s): Adventure, Sci-fi
Rating: PG-13
About the Film:

When Katniss destroys the games, she goes to District 13 after District 12 is destroyed. She meets President Coin who convinces her to be the symbol of rebellion, while trying to save Peeta from the Capitol.

*All information about the film above taken from IMDb.com

my rambles

How did I not see this movie until just now? I had heard it was amazing and everyone that said so was 100% correct. I wasn’t a fan of the book, but this movie was great!

Jennifer Lawrence is such a great actor, and she makes these films what they are. I was completely immersed in the world and story, and gosh was it so emotional! The song, the deaths, everything about it was like a stab at my heart, even though I already knew what was going to happen.

Can I just take a moment and talk about the cat? Yeah I love that cat…

While I was watching I kept thinking how the movie seemed so much longer than two hours. But that wasn’t a bad thing at all. This is one of the times where I was really happy that they decided to split the film into two parts. Clearly, they knew what they were doing and did an extremely good job doing it!

I was nervous about seeing this movie, but it definitely surpassed my expectations, and dare I say that it was better than the book? Not sure how Part 2 will go (well mostly because I hated how the story went), but I’m hopeful!

4.5

xo

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Book to Movie Adaptations: In theaters, In production, In my dreams.

Book to movie adaptations have become a hugely talked about topic among the world of YA readers. So, I thought it only right to share my thoughts on what’s happening now, what’s happening soon, and what will probably never happen, but I’d love it if it did!


In theaters now / in the near future

The Giver

I read the book when I was in elementary school, and while I haven’t reread it since, this trailer is a very poor depiction of the book I remember reading. In my opinion of course. I was happy to hear that they decided to edit it in black and white, but the choice of actors I wasn’t very happy with. Brenton Thwaites is like 25, who is playing an (aged up) 12-year-old character. Oh, and Taylor Swift is in this. While I’m a Swiftie, I’m also a hardcore book person (obviously), and the two just don’t mix. When she appears on screen I’ll immediately start singing one of her songs in my head and asking myself why her lips aren’t red and she’s not with her cats. I still plan to see the movie, but I don’t expect much.

If I Stay

I haven’t read this book, and I’m not sure I plan to. I mentioned before in a different post my disapproval of Chloë Grace Moretz, but also I’m just not sure what to feel about the movie. Seeing as I haven’t read the book this isn’t surprising, but I haven’t rushed out and read the book in order to go see the movie like I did with The Maze Runner, which I’ll talk about next. So, yeah, just meh feelings on this one. Will I see it? Probably not.

The Maze Runner

It’s not often that a movie trailer made me want to read a book. It’s also very unlikely that I want to read a book for the sole reason that there is an actor I especially like in the movie. Except for this one. Dylan O’brien, I owe you one. I recently read the book (REVIEW HERE) in order to prepare myself for the movie. My excitement just keeps growing, and it’s not because I’ll get to see 2 hours straight of Dylan’s perfect face. Okay, well, maybe a little. Anyway… This trailer was freaking awesome, and it was the sole reason I read this book when I did.

Mockingjay, Pt. 1

I’m still a little iffy on why they decided to split this one into two parts, but I must admit, the trailer looks great! I’m really excited to see this one. Although I didn’t like the book, I do want to see how the movie is.


In production / optioned

The 5th Wave

I really enjoyed this book (although I thought it was overhyped), but I don’t know about it being a movie. And I’m not a fan of the cast so far at all. Ugh. Chloë Grace Moretz again. She’s becoming the next Shailene Woodley, but Shailene is awesome and I love her.

Fallen

Image from Page to Premiere

In short: why is this even happening? This was a book that I read a long time ago and I loved it at the time. And looking back now I don’t even like to admit that I loved it. What was my problem? There’s not a single reviewer that I know that has read and enjoyed this book, and I totally get why. What I don’t get is why this is being made into a movie…?

Paper Towns

I haven’t read this book yet, but I know that if it’s anywhere as popular as TFiOS, this movie will be a hit with me, and everyone else!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

As the book is already so visual, I think this movie will be a huge success. I read this one recently and I cannot wait to learn more about the movie and it’s cast. I think Tim Burton is directing so if that’s indicating the level of amazing for this movie at all, I don’t know what is!

The Night Circus

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. I think that with the right people this book will make a masterpiece on the big screen and will be absolutely magical.

In my dreams

Stolen

I really loved this book when I read it earlier this summer and I could totally see this as being a lifetime movie or something of the sorts.

The Selection

I know what happened. I read that hideous god-awful script of the pilot that was to air on The CW. I was horrified. BUT I do still this that this would make an amazing TV show if the right people did it and kept it to the book. But, with so many failed attempts I don’t think it will ever get a chance.

So, let’s discuss! I want to hear your thoughts on book to movie adaptations. What books do you think would make good movies?

xo, emily