The movie, just the movie, nothing but the movie
So, I’m a big fan of these movies for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons is that I read the books and liked them. The other is that I like Jennifer Lawrence’s performance. Still another is that I love Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance. Finally, I’m a sucker for a dystopian revolutionary film… or series of films in this case. All of that said, this final book really should have just been one movie.
I get why they made them two (I paid to see both of them in theaters, you’ve made your point), but I really think that they harmed the story by adding this really unnatural break between all of the action scenes. In the books the action never stops, not at all. They end up getting pinned in the house a second time, they end up losing a lot more people than they do in the movies, and I feel like they over-simplified the difficult time Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) had returning home. It was really weird.
Warning: there be spoilers ahead
Thoughts on the series as a whole
As we look at the final installment of the series, I find myself thinking about how the movies did overall with the story. I think that they had some really interesting and telling changes in how the story was different on the screen from what it was on paper.
The Setting was obscured
In the book it was very clear that Panem was a the United States, rebuilt from the ruins of some catastrophic future event which resulted in some manner of totalitarian control. The author even hints at where each region might be with enough detail that people have even speculated on maps.
The movies for some reason don’t even seem to mention that this is the case.
Katniss gets nasty scars in the book
In the final book, Katniss gets some nasty facial scars which never heal completely. I don’t know why they didn’t have that happen in the films as well, other than that we wouldn’t want to make the pretty female character less pretty (it would disturb our overly sensitive aesthetic sensibilities).
The books show a much more complicated interaction with Coin
In the books, President Coin was a lot less cut and dry. She was shown to be far more callous and calculating. In the books she was shown to be more power-hungry than I think she was in the books.
Overall thoughts on this movie
Overall I’m glad I saw this film. It wasn’t the best in the series (the second one is still my favorite, that’s when you learn what’s really going on), but it was good to see. I think they were mostly true to the book.
I think that darkmovieknight may have thoughts on this as well, but I really enjoyed the series. I’m glad this installment finally came out and that we got to see how they would finish things. I wish there had been more of the political intrigue in the movies that there was in the books, but it was still a lot of fun.