Friday, 28 November 2014

Mockingjay - Part 1

I'm usually late to the party when it comes to films, always catching them right before they leave the cinemas, or ending up having to wait until they're available on DVD (cough cough, Inbetweeners 2). But for my eternal love, The Hunger Games, I had to make an exception. I'm obsessed with it, I even decided to write my undergraduate dissertation on the genre, dedicating an entire chapter to the series. So this time, I pre-booked tickets to see Mockingjay on the day it was released here in the UK!

We actually had some technical trouble viewing the film at first, the opening screen went blurry, and it was restarted. I panicked inside. The other people were loud as well, so I was concerned that either it wouldn't play at all, or it'd be ruined for me by the noisy people around me. Nevertheless, it played the second time around, and from the very first second everyone was silent, and glued to the screen.

I had done my nails for the occasion, using ommorphiabeautybar's tutorial here to recreate the nails Katniss had in the arena in the first book. I used 'Smoke and Ashes', 'Riveting' and 'Electrify', all from the China Glaze Hunger Games collection.

I know my nails don't look perfect, I'm still learning how to apply nail polish without making mistakes somewhere along the line. The glitter did catch the light beautifully though, and for a first attempt, I was pleased with the result.

This was also my first opportunity to wear my Mockingjay necklace out of the house - it's only been used decoratively since picking it up at Camden market during my London visit over the summer.

All of this preparation and excitement was so worth it, because the film was incredible. It was a lot darker and more tense than the previous two (not that The Hunger Games was ever lighthearted!) and even though I've read the book multiple times, I found myself feeling nervous at certain parts in the cinema. I love the way the film manages to tell the story without it being from Katniss's perhaps limited point of view. We get to see what she is going through, but we also get some background knowledge and scenes that don't necessarily include Katniss.

The focus on the 'love story' aspect of The Hunger Games was near to none, which made me happy. There are so many things happening in their lives, the future of their entire society is unclear, they have much more important things to think about than romantic partners. Obviously, the connection between Katniss and Peeta is real, and it was portrayed excellently. Both Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson outdid themselves and brought that tough storyline to life.

I loved the small moments of comedy, that allowed the audience to laugh and momentarily be distracted from the dark storyline. The return of Effie Trinket, as well as Prim's beloved cat Buttercup made the film for me.

On one hand, I'm so happy that Mockingjay is being done in two parts because I have the second half to look forward to, but on the other hand I need to know what happens!

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