The Hunger Games Trilogy Ends with a Bang


Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2.” (Murray Close/Lionsgate)

Since 2012, Suzanne Collins’ young-adult dystopian novels have been a huge deal. The trilogy, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay, has been flying off shelves, and the movies have always been box office hits. The latest film, Mockingjay Part Two, was no different. The second part of the final installment of the series came out November 20, 2015, just this past Friday. The finale had a $101 million box office debut. The amount is the 5th highest this year, but is, however, the lowest of the series. Even so, I thought that the film was one of the, and might have even been the, best of the quartet released.

In this finale, the powerful protagonist Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) continues to be “The Mockingjay,” the face of the revolution against the tyrannical President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and his corrupt government involving 12 districts and the horrid Hunger Games. The nation of Panem is at war, and Katniss knows that she needs to end it. With her friends Peeta Mallark (Josh Hutcherson), Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), and many more at her side, Katniss storms The Capitol to end things once and for all.

This film was phenomenal. As someone who has read the books, this film was a wonderful adaptation, and stayed true to the novel. There were happy moments, sad moments, and moments that had me on the edge of my seat, even though I knew what was going to happen. For those who have not read the trilogy, this film has an overwhelming amount of suspense, tear-jerking scenes, and parts that just make you smile. Additionally, the balance between romance, action, and character development was near-perfect. From a reader’s perspective, the finale to The Hunger Games was certainly an epic one.