Mockingjay Part I: “Fire is Catching”

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A clever yet classic positioning of high-tech futuristic fantasy paralleled with impoverished third world suffering reminiscent of images from slavery and the holocaust, Mockingjay sure did mock some major societal truths. Suzzane Collins obviously has an amazing grasp on illustrating powerful messages such as love and inspiration.

We have followed the Hunger Games trilogy, and third time is definitely a charm.

The story has progressed to new heights and the film features some pretty cool cameos. I’m not sure why Mr. Ross was present but hey, I’ve never been on screen with Jennifer Lawrence. Have you? Aside from the attractive cast, not to mention a wonderful performance by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, the movie is more than another box office hit. It contains a message, stronger than the cliché morals embedded in Frozen. Producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, along with Director Francis Lawrence depicted something greater. “If we burn, you burn with us”. Amazing, when Katniss says it, quivering lip and all. The message sneaks up on you, builds you up, and then sets you down calmly awaiting Mockingjay Part II.

In the midst of the riots, rebels, and radicals, I couldn’t help but whisper to the screen, “it’s a trap”, more than once. All the while, the characters never missed an opportunity to capture, then air the latest news on the broadcasting system. Hey let’s save the world, but first let me take a selfie. Sound familiar? In a time of war, racial injustice, and old ladies literally fighting over a doll on black Friday, we could all take a note from the people of District 13.

Unity, apparently it’s a thing. With unified suffering comes unification; any volunteers? No? Ok well at least go see the movie!

© 2014 Olamide Michelle

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