The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 may be slow, but it is a necessary chapter in the onward march of Katniss Everdeen and the ongoing tale of revolt in Panem against the Capital and President Snow. The film ended its first weekend with very impressive box office figures which, despite reports of Lionsgate’s stock falling in value, show how well this slower paced episode in the long story of The Hunger Games has performed.
The third film in The Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay Part 1 is the beginning of the end for this popular series of sequels. Taken from Suzanne Collins’ superb dystopian adventure tale of “everygirl” hero Katniss Everdeen and the world of Panem, a country of 13 districts ruled by one called the Capital which is run by President Snow.
The biggest news to hit the Internet across the pond in the United Kingdom is that The Hunger Games is being turned into a stage show. According to the BBC the show will be ready to “tread the boards” in 2016. It has been reported that the blockbuster film is being adapted for a live show and that a purpose built theatre is being built in the nation’s capital, London for those who are geographically challenged, right beside Wembley Stadium.
Divergent, which opened today in theaters across the country, has been called a “chick flick” and if that is how the film has been classified, the times they are a changin’. This dystopian young-adult film has more than its fair share of romance and in terms of appealing to “tweens,” it has a lot more going for it than a certain film with glittering vampires. At least the heroine in this film can kick butt along with the guys and does not need a man to make her complete or to help her to make up her mind.
Having seen Shailene Woodley in Divergent one thing was clear, by the time the end credits rolled, Katniss Everdeen can move right over and make room for Tris. As protagonists go this young lady, who is pretty much a square peg that cannot fit into a round hole, is just what the doctor ordered. While the movie is, admittedly, aimed at the fans of Veronica Roth, aka teens, the older and younger demographic should respond well to the story being told here.