Last month the final instalment of The Hunger Games films finally came out: Mockingjay Part 2. As a huge fan of both the books and the movies (yes, I did read all the books), you can bet I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of this last film and the revolution of Panem.
On a Thursday night, I made my way to a movie theater, bought my essential movie snacks and sat down to eagerly anticipate the start of the movie. After what felt like an eternity of previews, the film finally began and I was immediately thrust back into the story.
I kind of wish I would have held a movie night before watching the final instalment, because the film dives into the storyline without any mention of what previously happened. However, there’s much ground to cover and no time is wasted getting to the action.
Pulled into the world of the districts and Panem, Peeta’s confusion comes into play constantly, showing the audience how hard he has to fight to remind himself of what’s factual and what’s not. We see the raw emotions that Katniss experiences when she discovers just how brainwashed Peeta is and the need for them to work together even in the most hopeless of times.
Jennifer Lawrence did an excellent job of portraying Katniss Everdeen in the final part of this story, especially in the more emotional moments of the film. Josh Hutcherson also portrayed Peeta well, giving an especially vivid idea of what was done to him behind the walls of Panem and how it affected every inch of his mind and his actions.
Of all the instalments, I would say this last one has some darker tones leaving little room for comic relief. Watching the movie felt like a continuous downward movement, each incident worse than the one before. It starts out with Katniss being attacked by Peeta, and then it’s one attack after another – whether between two characters or District 13 inhabitants and President Snow. This last instalment tells the story of the district’s final battle, and with that come plenty of tragedies that affect each character in a different way.
My biggest worry in watching this film was that the ending would be too much of a happily-ever -after storyline and completely contradict the ending scenes described in the book. Thankfully this wasn’t the case – although I do think there could have been more emphasis on the difficulties that Katniss and Peeta needed to overcome. Overall, the film was well done and I would definitely recommend everyone go and see it.
What did you think of Mockingjay Part 2? Let me know in the comments below!