Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2


Graphic by Mary Anne Porto ’16

Returning to author Suzanne Collins’ dystopian world of The Hunger Games one last time, Katniss and her team must finally put an end to President Snow’s heinous crimes. In an effort to kill Snow, our “hero” Katniss lies and throws her closest allies into danger’s way simply because of her obsession with Snow’s death. Picking up from his unstable and brainwashed-to-kill-Katniss condition from the finale of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, Peeta violently lashes out at Katniss and her team, proving that he is still a threat to both our protagonist and the revolution. Regardless, Katniss’ love for Peeta (or maybe just stupidity) encourages her to bring him along on her journey to the Capitol. After all, “keep your friends close, and freakish boys brainwashed-to-kill even closer.” This, of course, furthers confusion as to Katniss’ love interest. After all, it does seem like she’ll kiss anyone. For those of you still disappointed by the endless slow scenes in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, don’t worry, it gets slightly better. Although inevitable filler scenes still exist, we are rewarded with fast-paced fight scenes, intense chases, lizard mutation attacks, and dangerous pod traps ready to explode at any moment. While predictable at times, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 proves itself suspenseful and enjoyable overall—providing a solid conclusion to one of movie history’s most successful movie series.