“Mockingjay Part 2” delivers satisfying conclusion to record-breaking series


Three years ago, we started following the life of Katniss Everdeen when she volunteered to participate in her country’s sadistic Hunger Games, sacrificing herself by taking her sister’s place. Her every action thereafter breathed life to the bellows: her mourning the loss of her friend, Rue, in the first Games; her suicide with Peeta and the berries;  her Mockingjay wedding gown. By the time she loosed her final arrow in the second Games, short-circuiting the force field around the arena, she had indeed become the Girl on Fire. She had become a symbol of hope for the oppressed people of Panem. She never wanted this, though. She never wanted any of this. All she ever wanted was to safeguard the people she loves.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2  picks up right where “Part 1” left off, with Katniss reeling from an attack by brainwashed Peeta, her fellow former District 12 tribute and fiancé. She realizes that starring in the propaganda films for the revolution are no longer enough and that she wants to be in the action.

Unlike Harry Potter and Twilight, The Hunger Games isn’t all wrapped up in a bow at the end. After going through everything the main characters have gone through, the ending isn’t something fans would hope for. However, the ending is the way Suzanne Collins wrote it in the books. The creators of the movie could have changed it to make viewers happier, but the authenticity of the movies would then be in question.

The only aspect I would have changed was the Peeta-Gale-Katniss love triangle. I felt that despite a few precious moments there was not much romance. The main focus of the book is the rebellion but for the viewers sake I would have liked more romance to carry the movie from scene to scene.

The success of the Hunger Games franchise has broken records and may rival many other great franchise. All things considered, this movie was the perfect wrap up for the broken world it portrays.