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Mockingjay happened and I fell back in love with Jennifer Lawrence

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Well, actually I think love is a strong word. I just stopped hating her and I actually appreciated that she’s a beautifully convincing actress once more. My mind blowing experience with Mockingjay was mainly because of the movie’s all round effect on me, the parts that gave me goosebumps were mainly the parts with the actual revolution and not the little personal wars within.

Let me start here, I watched Horrible Bosses just before I went on to watch Mockingjay because, given everything that’s happening in the world right now, I didn’t want to be too grim and angry when I went in. I needed a palate cleanser and Horrible Bosses was a good one. I didn’t go in there expecting anything because, sequels. But then I saw Chris Pine as a rich douche whose dad is Christoph Waltz, who is also a rich douche and I was sold. Maybe it was because it’s a really cool and really funny film (it is) or maybe it was because I hadn’t gone to the movies in months but I was one of those people who LOL in the cinema house. I didn’t feel bad about it, I have a great laugh. Also, Chris Pine’s eyes are surely what the eyes of an angel look like right? Jason Bateman stole my heart as usual – he is comedy gold with that ‘serious/reasonable funnyman’ style of his. When the team get together to handle a super unlikely (at first) horrible boss and meet an even more unlikely (at first) ally – with appearances from previous movie faves like Motherfucker Jones, Dr McSlutty Aniston and the douchiest of them all – Kevin Spacey (dunno the characters name) I left the cinema satisfied and in stitches. Then my life got ruined… (Spoilers, duh.)

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I had about 10 minutes to run and go reload my popcorn and slushie arsenal before the next movie I was to watch, so I had about 5 minutes to adjust my mindset and put it in ‘teenagers in peril’ mode. I was looking forward to seeing how they’d pick up from the abrupt craziness that was Catching Fire’s ending. And although things felt a little bit slow at the beginning (somehow this always happens to me when watching Hunger Games films) it picked up pretty bloody well. Boy, did it pick up! I’ve honestly, throughout the franchise, felt like a citizen of Panem, like I lived in the Districts. In that regard, the movies have definitely made me connect with the general people and struggles of all those people. Nobody knows ruin and picking up the pieces of the past like South Africans. Seeing District 12 and all the other districts actually in complete shambles and the riots… that really just made the films a bit more meaningful to me and truly those Games weren’t just about kids dying – which is so horrible as it is – they were about good ‘ol fashioned oppression. And we finally got to see that clearly. I finally got to feel it clearly and fully.

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Phew. Now that that dark rant is out of the way, let’s talk fave parts of the movie. Did anybody else feel like Gale was loitering about for like the first 45 minutes of the movie. Like all he did was follow Katniss around in silence – he had like five lines that whole time. It was bordering on creepy, like a creepy ex boyfriend you’re forced to hang out with cos you’re in the same friendship circles. Don’t get me wrong I love me some Hemsworth screen presence but as hot as he is (and he’s VERY hot, getting hotter I think even) I felt really awkward for him tbh. For a long time i felt ‘This guy’s role is useless here’, but then they went back to District 12 and it was Gale’s moment. I didn’t expect to see another kissing scene between Gale and Katniss but there it was and it was sweet as usual (who doesn’t wanna see two good looking people tonsil hockey, aimiright?) And it seems Katniss didn’t expect it either. But Gale did. “I knew you’d kiss me… [Katniss: How? I didn’t.] Because I’m in pain – that’s the only way I get your attention. Don’t worry, Katniss, it’ll pass,” he says all croaky voiced and teary-eyed. And then like nothing happened he went on to talk about how he helped save the people of District 12 and all the mayhem and there was strength and sureness and I was like ‘I get it, I get you, Gale. You’re useful’.

And the of course there were many more moments where I cheered and got emotional and everything was so intense and hard to take in – mostly my body reacted to all of it though severe goosebumps and a large lump in my throat (I cried once).

A round-up of my Goosebump moments: 

  • When Katniss and her team (count meeting the team in this as well, especially Maegory from Game of Thrones) visit a dilapidated hospital in District 8 where many are injured and even more are dead. The Capitol attacks (obvi) and Katniss retaliates and we get to see the return of the beloved bow and arrow! 🙂

“If we burn, you burn with us!” OMFG.

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  • When Katniss and Gale kiss and he frees himself from the chains of indifference that are her love, I died.
  • When Finnick speaks about  his life as a Capitol male prostitute – oh that poor sweet favourite of mine.
  • Haymitch, Finnick and Joanna’s small spots in the film were so welcome and familiar
  • And did anybody see the people of Joanna’s District [7] go into the woods for their daily work? That sh*t escalated quickly. Those guys can sure climb a damn tree – also, 80% of them are hot lumber jack beard guys, wtf.
  • When Peeta gets rescued – by Gale who volunteered to be part of that suicide mission – and comes back only to try to effing kill Katniss!
  • And the storming of The Capitol’s reservoir by all those Districts people, sacrificing their lives – wow.
  • The haunting beauty that is the Hanging Tree song – Lorde be damned.

Needless to say, there were a lot of highlights for me watching this film and if there were any low lights I did not care for them because I was too busy being blown away by awesomeness and feels. Mockingjay Part I is well worth the watch and I cannot wait for the final instalment!

 

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Film – Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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the_hunger_games_catching_fireI was waiting and waiting and waiting for this second installment to come out because honestly, the first film caught me off guard in the best way. Before the film franchise began, I hadn’t heard of Suzanne Collins – I’m a Penguin Classics person myself. But during my months of unemployment in 2012, visiting the cinema in my hobo PJs to watch some movie or the other, I saw the trailer for The Hunger Games and I was blown away. So I watched it and I was totally hooked. Following that, I read the trilogy in a week. And watched the movie over and over again until I semi got over the epicness of teenagers in a death fight and Peeta romantically touching Katniss’ hair before they take those fatal berries together in the end.

So yes, I was pressed for the second film. Pressed like a drunk girl in a long queue to some festival toilets. On the day it came out – I made all the necessary arrangements. Movies (Cinema visits) are like my Oscars – I pretty much go all out for them. Well, in terms of clearing my schedule and avoiding all who haven’t learnt the art of proper fangirling. I dress a little nicer than usual as well, I think. Catching Fire did not disappoint, AT ALL. The first trick is not to be too much of an ‘I read the book’ snob. No-one cares and you’re making the experience sucky for yourself and no-one else. I mean, sure you’re allowed to notice the irregularities and maybe be hacked – but if that’s your opening reaction, just curtain call your movie franchise life right now. Catching Fire discarded that whole POV, shaky camera thing which bothered a lot of people with the previous film. And because (I’m sure) the budget allowed for a little more fun with graphics and make-up and stunts, everything was blockbuster quality and in your face, suhn.

The general feel was an inquisitive one, and I’m speaking for people who didn’t read the books or wikipedia the rest of the story. Like, what happens next? Will she go and mentor someone else like Haymitch did with her? Like maybe one of Gale’s younger bros, whom she’ll probs make out with to save his life? Will we ever see the arena again? So people went into that one quite hungry for development and, I daresay, the result was a thing of beauty.

There will be minor spoilers from here on out. If you haven’t watched the film yet… skaam!

So in a weird twist of fate Katniss and Peeta find themselves back in the arena but this time they’re fighting other victors from Hunger Games past (ouch) because Katniss’ life sucks and President Snow really truly hates her guts (next to being a creepy old homicidal maniac). So my reaction to an arena with ‘all experienced killers’? FOK JA! But I had to wait a bit because the first half of the movie was quite domestic. Katniss in her new life as a person with all the food she could ask for, rocking some warm looking  and pretty trendy jerseys all the time. And after having Gale ‘Hunk of the Decade’ Hawthorne avoids her for a bit – while she avoided Peeta – they meet at the usual  spot and tonsil hockey. Am I allowed to say that kiss made me feel some kind of way? Like, I wouldn’t mind a coupling of two forest hunting tall people? Please don’t kill me for saying that, Peeta is a great guy. But as Haymitch said, “[Katniss] could live a thousand lifetimes and not deserve him.” *sigh*

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Naturally I googled who got cast for which role beforehand and I really liked what I saw, Enobaria, Brutus, Cashmere, Gloss (It’s very important to cast the perfect career pack because they’re also eye candy). I loved them all EXCEPT Finnick Odair. Because I’d fallen so much in love with the character in the book I was really hectic about who portrayed him and Sam Claflin? I just couldn’t. And I was wrong. That young British man slayed that role, as they do. And one of my favourite Hunger Games characters was brought to life in a stunningly charming/tender yet risky/sexy way. Speaking of favourites, Johanna Mason! What a woman! Sidenote: I love her more than I love Katniss. SorryNotSorry. I mean, it’s a known that I love people with friggin cool and unorthodox murder weapons so why wouldn’t I be obsessed with the unapologetic hatchet wielding chick from District 7?

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The ending sets us up for a huge thing because firstly, we know there won’t be another arena situation because, wtf Plutarch Heavensbee?! And we know Peeta has gone and gotten himself in another situation where he needs saving. I don’t know how they’re gonna top this movie – they probably won’t – but god speed to them and I can’t wait!

Happy Hunger Games and may the odds be ever in your favour.

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