“Minor spoiler alert…..
Catching Fire left us with so many questions – did Katniss’ arrow destroy the dome? Are the victors alive? What happened to Peeta? Who rescued Katniss and will she survive?
Mockingjay Part 1 has all of your answers. The good news is that Katniss’ arrow destroyed the dome, there are no more Hunger Games and Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Finnick Odair (Sam Clafin) were rescued by District 13. The bad news is that the Districts are rioting, The Capitol is under siege and have taken Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) and Annie Cresta (Finnick’s girlfriend) into custody.
District 12 has been destroyed by the Capitol and the very few that survived have taken refuge with District 13 – including Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Primrose Everdeen (Willow Sheilds), their mother, Effie Trinket and Haymitch Aberynathy. The Districts need to unite and fight against the Capitol for their freedom but they need a leader, a face to follow. Katniss steps to the plate and becomes their Mockingjay – a symbol of rebellion and hope.
Just as Katniss has become the Districts’ spokesperson and weapon, The Capitol is using Peeta to encourage the Districts to stop fighting. Katniss puts everything on the line to save Peeta which causes a conflict in her relationship with Gale. Nonetheless, Gale is right by her side as Katniss visits Districts to record her messages of rebellion to counteract the broadcasts featuring Peeta.
The Districts are listening and rebelling with the Mockingjay, but is that enough for Pan Am to unite as a democracy? Can The Girl On Fire and her friends save the captured victors from President Snow’s grip? Does everyone make it out alive?
Here’s the breakdown:
Romance: This is not a love story, but rather it’s a story about love. Katniss’ love for Peeta pushes her to become the Mockingjay and put her life at risk – again. Meanwhile, she’s still stuck in this love triangle with Gale (the ever-so-handsome Gale!) and Peeta. What to do, what to do?!
Heartache: I’m not going to lie; I shed a few tears during the movie. When Katniss and Gale return to the ruins of District 12 and Gale explains what happened the day Katniss shot her arrow at the dome… its tragic! You can see the pain in Gale’s eyes (his beautiful, blue eyes) as he wishes that he could have done more and saved more lives.
Action: If you saw The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, you know you’re about to see explosives, people at battle and shooting arrows. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 does not disappoint in this area either.