Starting not too long after the events of Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 sees Katniss in a hidden complex in District 13, having fled District 12 after it is destroyed. She is suffering the emotional toll of the games and the consequences of the decisions made there, Peeta has been captured and taken to the Capitol, and she is doubting her role as The Mockingjay, the symbol of the resistance.
This third instalment of the series, and first half of what will lead up to the destiny of Katniss, the mood and feel of the story has certainly changed. The story focus is more on the future, the longer term goals, as opposed to the immediacy of combat in the arena. We see a lot more of her vulnerabilities revealed.
Together with President Coin, and Plutarch Heavensbee, Katniss begins her plan to take on the Capitol.
The pace of this current instalment is certainly a change from the previous two, where everything was bound to the arena. Life outside the arena has moved on, and not for the better. The slower pace of action, and deeper exploration of character demons might leave a some viewers feeling let down. This is however, a must see, as the climactic resolution of all the entire story will be upon us in Mockingjay Part 2, out in 2015. So while the story feels a little more basic, and uneventful, the big reward awaits.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will be a must-see for fans, and anyone who has seen any of the series. The long wait for the resolution of Part 2 is sure to be well worth it. The film opens 21 November 2014, in South Africa.