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FanFix April 06, 2016 9195
Overall rating
 
9.1
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
8.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
Just finished watching this edit- I never write reviews, but this one definitely deserves one. This was an amazing take on the films and will be my go to version. Narratively, it is near perfect. I have 2 suggested changes that would make this, IMHO, perfect.

First - moving the Peeta propo to after Katniss sees the designs causes a rather large plot hole. The beginning of the film gives the impression that nobody knows what's going on with Peeta. No one has seen him, etc. With this in mind, Katniss' demands for full pardons for Peeta and the other victors now loses all impact and generally makes no sense. The scene has dialogue that hints at anti-rebel speech, but that also makes no sense based on what WE know at this point in the film - that no one has heard anything from the captured victors. While this could be ignored in a minor scene, Katniss' decision to be the face of the rebellion is the lynchpin of the entire film.

Second - There isn't enough time between Peeta's warning and rescue to make his "HiJacking" seem viable. It feels like it occurs over the course of a day which seems incredibly short. I would reinsert the roses sequence, just to add a small amount of time between the underground bombing sequence and Haymitch talking to Katniss.

I strongly encourage others to view this edit, and look forward to sharing it with friends and family.

Owner's reply April 21, 2016

Thanks so much for writing a review, I'm glad you enjoyed the edit and it means a lot that you took the time to do so.

Regarding your concerns about the edit. You're right that I did move the first Peeta 'propo' scene to a bit later in the film, but I disagree that it harms the film's narrative. In the scene with Finnick and Katniss, Finnick clearly states that the Capitol has taken Peeta, Johanna, and Annie captive. We see Katniss' dreams are haunted by the memory of Peeta so it is no surprise that she makes his rescue a condition of becoming the Mockingjay.

As for the reason that Katniss decides to become the Mockingjay, she makes the decision immediately after visiting District 12 and seeing the incinerated corpses of everyone she used to know. To me this was more powerful than the combination of District 12 and Peeta's questionable distress at the time of his first 'propo'.

Lastly I agree that the amount of time that Peeta was 'hijacked' seems short. I actually felt the same way when I watched the original film and was interested in finding out exactly how long the Capitol had abducted him. Surprisingly it turned out that it was only 2 months. This is why the edit begins with 2 months earlier...District 13, to give the viewer the sense of the correct amount of time passage that you mentioned.

Thanks again for watching and showing others!

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