Book to Movie Review ~ Mockingjay Part 1

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My 4.5 Star Review

Let me start by saying that this is my review of how well the movie was in comparison to the book. If you haven’t read the books or watched the movies, then I must warn you that this review will be full of spoilers!

As you can see from my 4.5 stars, I was pretty pleased with the movie. One of my favorite things about this movie was Katniss and the emotion that she displayed throughout the entire movie. You could see her love for her sister and mother so clearly. You could see the pain she felt in visiting the devastation of District 12. You could feel the wretchedness she felt watching the hospital being bombed and then her anger that followed. Best of all for me, though, was the emotion she showed concerning Peeta. I actually teared up with her the first time she saw Peeta on the TV screen and realized he was alive. The emotions were powerful! I loved visibly seeing her love for him! Then with the rescue scene (the movie extended this scene, but it worked well), when Katniss was petrified of losing both Peeta and Gale at the same time – so good!

I didn’t enjoy not seeing much of Peeta, but you could visibly see the deterioration in him as he was being poisoned. He did such a good job in his last interview with Caesar Flickerman when he warned them about the capitol coming for them. You could see the raw emotions and the struggle he was going through. Then the scene where Katniss first comes into the room with him was so realistic. It was painful to watch but a great portrayal.

I was really curious about where they would end the movie. It ends shortly after Peeta’s attack on Katniss with their reuniting. I really had hoped it would go a little further giving you hope about his overcoming the damage done to him, but that will be saved for part 2. I can’t believe I have to wait another year for it. I’m not at all disappointed, however, that they turned this book into two movies. I think too many good details would have been left out.

If you’re wondering about whether it’s appropriate for your children, my personal opinion would be that it’s fine if you thought the first two movies were okay.

So, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the book/movie!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Beautiful Disaster

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WOW!! Definite book hangover. I intentionally slowed waaaaayyyy down reading at the end, because I wanted MORE!!! It’s very rare for me to give a 5 star rating right off the bat. The last time would have been for the Hunger Games trilogy. I absolutely can’t wait to start Walking Disaster!! I’m very surprised at some of the reviews I’ve read. You can get right from the blurb that there’s going to be fighting/violence. Hello!! He’s in a Fight Club!! Combine that with Mr. One Night Stand and you’re surprised there’s foul language??? I don’t get it.

*SPOILERS*

Let me make it very clear – Travis is NEVER violent with Abby. There’s one moment that he punches a guy who is holding onto Abby and she goes down, too. In defense of Travis, he’d never have hitten the dude if he realized the guy had a hold on Abby. The only other time I saw a problem was after the Valentine’s dance when he FORCED her to go home with him. Forced as in – picked her up and carried her to the car & refused to let her go. It wasn’t the kind of hold that would have left bruises, but he wasn’t letting her leave. Let me also stress, that if it hadn’t been for Abby giving in to him, then he would have left her to sleep alone in Shep’s room. Travis would have NEVER forced himself on her. Even drunk, Travis NEVER wanted to take advantage of her. He absolutely cherished her & put her on a pedistal.
I really didn’t see as to how he was sooo messed up. He definitely had a temper issue, but other than that, what?? Yeah, he slept around – A LOT – before they got together, but when they hooked up, he couldn’t have been more faithful & devoted to her. I’d take that any day over the slimeball that looks all clean cut & sleeps around on you all the time. I really saw their biggest issue in flirting with “Disaster” as Abby herself. Travis did screw up with the Vegas deal, but it was ovbious that he’d never have agreed if he knew Abby would leave. He honestly just thought she’d get over it. She was so afraid of her past. In the end I think Travis helped her embrace the best of herself.

Again, all I can really say is that I want more!! You knocked this one out of the park Jamie!!

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