The Hunger Games franchise has captivated audiences throughout the world, grossing more that $2.2 billion at the global box office. Mockingjay–Part 2 brings the franchise to a dramatic end with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) fighting alongside rebel forces for their future. The entire movie was full of darkness, and the moral lessons were at times stretched thin and overdone.
It was a bittersweet ending for me, one that made me feel incredibly old. I read The Hunger Games Trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins, when I was in high school. Even though I read the books, the movie was full of surprises, mostly because I read the books over 5 years ago.
Jennifer Lawrence made audiences fall in love with her all over again because in reality we all just want to be her best friend. Her relatable personality in real life impacts how audiences feel towards the characters she plays. Peeta, Josh Hutcherson, completely scared me. He looked almost identical to Slim Shady except a sick version. The absence of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died in the middle of filming, was a loud silence.
Overall, I enjoyed the excitement of Mockingjay Part 2 much more than Mockingjay Part 1 which was an unnecessary addition to a franchise that should have remained a trilogy. This final film is a great example of powerful, female leaders that our own world could use a little more of.
If you’re a Hunger Games fan, want to be Jennifer Lawrence’s best friend, or want some action packed excitement, this is a must see. If you’re not into cheesy love triangles or if you’re tired of young adult books turned into movies, I would pass on this movie.
Happy Hunger Games!
The Billiken Critics
Written by: Laura Berry