Mockingjay Hits Theatres
by Soleil Devonish on Friday, December 11th, 2015
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II topped the box office Thanksgiving Weekend. Reeling in a total of $52,004,594, the last movie of The Hunger Games franchise took the number one spot for the second week in a row. Due to its nail biting action and intriguing love triangle, it’s no surprise fans flocked theaters to watch the end of an era unfold.
The Hunger Games movies were adapted from the books of the same name, written by Suzanne Collins. Mockingjay Part II picks up where the last movie left off. With the districts of Panem united against the Capitol’s tyranny, Katniss and the Capitol’s leader, President Snow, face off for the last time. The final installment is filled with action packed scenes, keepings its viewers on the edge of their seats.
In addition to catapulting Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence into the limelight, The Hunger Games series has sparked the trend of dystopian societies polluting the young adult genre. The next time you’re forced to watch another trailer for the next movie about a beautiful girl running through a futuristic city, combating a totalitarian government, you can thank The Hunger Games. Although anticipated by many, the final movie’s premier is bittersweet. Most of us can remember devouring the books back in middle school, deciding whether or not we were team Peeta or Gale, eagerly awaiting The Hunger Games’ release in 2012.
Like the others in the franchise, Mockingjay Part II received mostly positive reviews. According to Rotten Tomatoes, 70% of fans liked it, while movie critics still had mixed views on the final movie. While some critics thought the battle sequences illuminated the plot, others, like Andrew Lapin of NPR, claim the fourth and final movie has “one too many”.
While the first movie in the series hit the screen with a bang, Mockingjay Part I was very unexciting, and felt like an awkward placeholder between the second and final movie. Although far more action-packed than its predecessor, Mockingjay Part II took two thirds of the way through the film to get exciting.
Despite its critics, many fans were pleased that the movie honored the integrity of the books. Jonathan WuWong (III) believes “[t]he movie keeps to the story while also raising it into a more entertaining and interesting version.” Mockingjay Part II also restates its important message that can get lost in our focus on Katniss Everdeen’s love triangle. Dorsey Glew (III), a follower of the series from books to movies, agrees that “the point of the story is a statement about government”, and the movie places more, “emphasis on the dystopian society,” than some of the previous movies in the series.
In regards to actors, Jennifer Lawrence and Donald Sutherland captivate the audience. Both amplify the quiet moments to reveal the intensity of their situations. Although the plot of the movie dragged on, both Lawrence and Sutherland’s performances kept audiences engaged. The movie ended with a flash forward to Katniss’s and Peeta’s life together that Gabrielle Bower (I) believes “was the perfect ending to the series – a very warm, heartfelt moment.” Despite the intense dramatics in the movie, fans can leave the series on a satisfying note.
While fans and critics may disagree on the caliber of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II, they can agree that The Hunger Games franchise has had a huge impact on our generation. If you’re looking for a thrilling, action packed movie, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II does not disappoint.
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