The performances were deep and the scenery was gorgeous. The scenery and fire (not just the combustion and smoke) were very much real and left a lasting impression of the landscape in my mind. The setting was well built, to the point where CGI didn’t even seem to exist. But these seemed like distractions from what little story, from the book, was included in Mockingjay. Squeezing Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay would have been better as a single movie as there are strong differences between the movie and the book. This movie, as part of The Hunger Games trilogy, barely had much build up to excite me for part 2.
The most fitting and anticipated OST from Mockingjay: part 1, “The Hanging Tree,” however, has left a deep mental scar. The proper placement of the music in the film represents the sacrifices made by the people of the Districts in rebellion against the Capital.