The ‘Mockingjay’ has arrived

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 continues heroine’s dystopian adventure

By Andrew Waldman

“Ms. Everdeen, it’s the things we love the most that destroy us.”
­— President Snow

Fans of “The Hunger Games” rejoiced in late November as the third installment in the film series, “Mockingjay, Part 1,” hit theaters.
The movie dominated at the box office during its opening weekend, taking in an estimated $123 million. However, compared with its prequels, the film had the weakest debut in the franchise.

At the end of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” we learn that Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has been shipped to District 13, a region thought to have been completely destroyed by President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and the Capitol 75 years before, thus creating the Hunger Games. The movie begins with Katniss waking up from a nightmare after her traumatizing experience in her second life-or-death contest in the arena.

Recovering from her experience in the 75th Hunger Games, Katniss lives deep under the rubble that was once District 13. For more than seven decades, survivors in District 13 have been rebuilding and training in an underground fortress, preparing for the day a rebellion begins.

Pultarch Heavensbee (the late Philip Seymour Hoffman), the gamekeeper of the 75th games, has been working with the president of District 13, Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), to prepare Katniss for her fight against the Capitol. Katniss’ passion for helping others and her fiery spirit make her the perfect candidate for this task.

As expected, the movie ends on a suspenseful cliffhanger, right in the middle of the third book in Suzanne Collins’ popular young adult series. The next, and final, installment is expected to come out next November, keeping in line with the rest of the films’ releases. I am definitely looking forward to seeing Katniss be the hero she was destined to be.

Given Katniss’ hatred of the tyrannical Capitol and the incentive she has to protect her family and rescue fellow victors from the Capitol, nothing will stop the Mockingjay.


Looking for some flicks to see during winter break? Here are some suggestions.

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (Dec. 17): The epic conclusion to the “The Hobbit” trilogy stars Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch.

“Annie” (Dec. 19): This comedic drama starring Quvenzhané and Jamie Foxx is sure to touch your heart this Christmas. This is the perfect movie for the whole family.

“Into the Woods” (Dec. 25): This dark twist on the classic fairy tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and more all tied together may be just what the after-the-holidays party needs for a little extra fun.