So “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins just recently came out into theaters and definitely kept with its ongoing theme of awesomeness. I have mentioned before in my other two posts (“The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire”) that I am a huge fan of this book series, so of course, I saw the movie opening night.
Being that this movie is still in theaters, consider this warning: SPOILERS AHEAD!
There were a bunch of little differences, many of which have carried over from movie to movie, but I’m going to pick my top differences to discuss. Feel free to leave some of your top in the comments and let me know why they matter most to you.
- Effie comes to District 13 instead of the prep team.
- Finnick and Katniss don’t have their chat that was in the book.
- There is no nightlock pill/capsule included in the uniform in the movie.
- Katniss’ requests of Coin played pout much differently. I’m not a huge fan.
One of the things I liked most about the film is that they included Effie. In the book she was sparse, however the film prequels thus far have made her much more prominent which carried over into this adaptation.
The biggest difference here is that Effie styles Katniss this time around, where in the books her prep team was present in District 13 and they were the ones to prepare Katniss for the propos.
I really like this change because we get a lot more of Effie and it actually makes more sense to have her there instead of the prep team. But also, we get to see Effie out of her comfort zone. She is dressed in dull grays and doesn’t have her normal flair. It shows another side of Effie that I think the audience really needed to see to fully understand her.
In the book I really enjoyed the scene where Katniss and Finnick talk about what’s going on around them. Katniss asks Finnick about the knots he keeps tying and they have this nice little moment of understanding between the two of them.
While watching the movie, I kept waiting and waiting for this scene and it never came. It didn’t really make a huge difference to the movie as a whole, so I understand the choice. But every time I saw Finnick I thought to myslef, “oh, here it is!” and then would be disappointed.
The nightlock pill that was included in the uniforms is important to me. It represents that they all still have a choice when it comes to snow and that they all would rather die than continue living in their world. That pill represents their freedom to choose their fate if need be. It is also referenced a few times in the book so I think it is a necessary factor that should be included in the film.
I mostly just don’t understand why this wasn’t included. My guess is that maybe it actually is, but they just didn’t mention it in the first film. I’m really hoping this is the case.
This is the biggest thing for me and the only thing I didn’t like about the movie.
When Katniss goes in to her meeting with Coin, she makes a list of demands that she needs to be met in order for her to be the their Mockingjay. Her list includes:
- Her family gets to keep their cat.
- Gale and Katniss can hunt.
- Saving the tributes taken hostage in District 1 and granting immunity.
- And Katniss gets to kill Snow.
The movie did this whole scene backwords, and for that, I don’t really care. The way the wrote the script actually made it have a little comic relief with the cat being added in last. But what really bothered me is that “Kill Snow” was not included!
I don’t know if they did this for the fans who have not read the books, kind of as a way to keep them surprised later, but I think it was a really important line and I was really upset that that it was not included. It shows what Katniss’ motivation is – Snow. The movie makes it look like she is more focused on her love life.
I really enjoyed the movie as much as I did the book. After seeing it with my friends, we walked out of the theater trying to think of at least one thing we didn’t like, and that last point I made above was literally the only thing. I only have high hopes for the final installment of “Mockingjay” and I have nothing but love for the franchise.