While Definitely the MockingJay, She Still is on Fire!

Hanging Tree and deeper explanations

“Are you, Are you
Coming to the tree
Where they strung up a man they say murdered three
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree

Are you, Are you
Coming to the tree
Where the dead man called out for his love to flee
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree

Are you, Are you
Coming to the tree
Where I told you to run, so we’d both be free
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.

Are you, Are you
Coming to the tree
Wear a necklace of rope, side by side with me.
Strange things did happen here,
No stranger would it be,
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree.”

Screen shot 2014-11-23 at 7.31.52 AM

Certainly the anticipation for Part I of the third Hunger Game series was part of the draw to run out and see it on November 20th.  What you will find is the additions that you do not expect as you are in the theatre.  This is what makes this perhaps one of the best films of the series, and despite Mocking Jay to appear as maybe the weakest of the books in the series, the filled in spaces this films allows quells that view once you leave the theatre.

Not knowing what to expect, you are instantly brought back to District 13 and as a viewer you never are left behind and left to forget the trauma that each character has found themselves working through.  You feel that way all the way to the end.  Then take the unexpected soundtrack, certain parts of the film just make the hairs on your skin TINGLE as they seem to evoke the exact perfect emotion and feeling and the exact, perfect time.  Then when you see it the second time (you will want to view this more than once), you pick up on the impact of the music in the beginning, the end, and the middle, everywhere, it totally works.

Is it ironic that Panem of The Hunger Games also coincides with Panam?  It is funny, whether it be Lord of the Rings or the Hunger Games, there always seems to be a current thread of truth in some films that coincide with a controversy in a specific country.  We all hope the willingness of protests and to stand up for what is right seen as a threaded theme in The Hunger Games continues with the search for justice against corruptness in Mexico as well as the various upheavals against corruption in governments across the world.

However, that is the great things of movies.  Similar to books.  Individuals that come with an wide repertoire of experiences, information, and knowledge, even those still seeking it, are able to take away so much more from the films and books that somehow touch a nerve with something going on in the world.  That is the beauty of being an educator, being a Media Specialist, being someone that can take this information, and pass it on or relate it to something outside of those very pages or theatre for something beyond entertainment.  The Hunger Games – Part I of the MockingJay has this extreme ability to inspire you to impact those around you, never give up, and strive for something better, always.  Sure, it is just a movie, however, add the extra elements you leave with and you find it becomes something so much more if you allow it.  🙂

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About Harry Brake

Employee of ASF in Mexico City, Librarian, Media crazy! :)
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