I know some people are cynical enough to see Twilight and The Hunger Games and see apples and apples, but as anyone that’s taken the time to read the books that the movies are based on knows, the third Hunger Games chapter, Mockingjay, is where the Suzanne Collins creation separates itself from an comparison to Stephanie Meyer‘s work. The final of Twilight, Breaking Dawn, reads like the Mary Sue wish fulfillment adventure that every hater says it is, with nothing ventured, but everything gained in the end. It’s a fairy tale ending where the monster isn’t slain, he just shrugs and gives up and everything’s cool. Mockingjay, by comparison, will mess you up by the end.
Mockingjay, now split into two chapters because money, is not a sweeping romance, or super-powered adventure. It’s got a head full of very adult themes on war and freedom which belie its young protagonists and their romantic and dramatic complications. But how do you know that Mockingjay – Part 1 is more impacting than your average movie aimed at young adult audience? I watched it in a theater full of teenagers and the whole time they were silent and nary was a cell phone light seen through the two-hour running time. That, my friends, is power. (more…)