Adaptation #108: Do You Hear the Districts Sing?

header108After multiple issues with the first try at recording an episode on Mockingjay Part 1, we’ve finally gotten out an episode for you to listen to and discuss with us. The hosts talk about what was cut, what was added, and how the film will transition to Part 2 in this long-awaited episode. Let us know what you thought in the comments!

Our other HG episodes: The Hunger Games (book) (movie), Catching Fire (book) (movie), and Mockingjay (book).

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For a similar discussions, check out our episodes on Divergent, The Maze Runner, The Giver, and Emma Approved.

SHOW NOTES:

Music by DropVox

Upcoming Adaptations

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-Dec 12 (US), Dec 26 (UK)

-Based on the Biblical book of Exodus

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

-Dec 17 (US), Dec 12 (UK)

-Based on the novel by JRR Tolkien

Shout-outs

mockingjaybrandybuck on tumblr said: It was amazing, intense, very true to the book. Hard to watch at time (ok, a lot of the time), but very well made. Francis Lawrence has done a marvelous job adapting the past two HG movies. In Francis we trust!

sabaceanbabe on tumblr linked us to her post about the film, going over her likes and dislikes and hates.

Main Discussion

Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)

-Written by Danny Strong and Peter Craig

-Directed by Francis Lawrence

-Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin and Natalie Dormer

Notes

visuals
-the gray of 13
-the rubble of 12

cast/chemistry/characterization
-Coin: too warm? why?
-Gale: more understandable? likable?
-Haymitch?
-Effie instead of prep team (no punishment)
-Finnick: reduced role?
-Katniss (duh)

plot/differences
-getting more:
–behind-the-scenes with Coin and Plutarch
–rebellion in districts, dam being taken out
–Snow’s granddaughter
-Propos

ending
-are we happy with where/how they split it?

did it stay true to book themes/tone/message?

(previous themes: -government/brainwashing/consumerism -survival/hunger -romance (in that it’s not), family -intelligence/worth, -communication)

-control (pawn versus player) -the effects of war/the choices

Next episode: The Hobbit 3
Previous episode: Commentary on Annie (1982)
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