Mockingjay: Part 1

Unless you were living under a rock this weekend, it was nearly impossible to miss the rising of the Mockingjay. Katniss and her not so merry band of 218534-mockingjayrebels were back in theaters, battling against the Capitol and President Snow. After the disappointment of Catching Fire, the beauty and heart shown in Mockingjay was a well-received surprise. Notably, Josh Hutcherson’s performance as Peeta exhibited acting chops I was not convinced were there until this weekend. Beyond the occasionally distracting music that made serious scenes a lot less serious (sorry Prim, I couldn’t hear you over the melodramatic strings), Mockingjay was an all around success.

I’m not going to go in to a scene by scene recap- if you’ve read the book I’ll bore you and I have no desire to listen to cries of SPOILER if you haven’t. There’s something much more important to explore than a thread by thread breakdown of the Mockingjay costume (But seriously- how fabulous was that? I need to restock on worbla….). The significance of Katniss’s sacrifice should not be considered lightly, and moviegoers, especially teens, should take the Mockingjay’s message to heart. We are much strong if we stand together. We can be our people’s salvation or our own worst enemy. And most importantly, never lose site of the real enemy. Just as Katniss wouldn’t truly become the Mockingjay until she chose the path for herself, we cannot become leaders in our communities until we truly know ourselves.

So if you get a chance, check out Mockingjay in the next couple weeks and leave your thoughts in the comments. What does the message of the Mockingjay mean to you?

 

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