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Movie Review of Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2

By Sahvannah Rodriguez, age 15, California


Mockingjay Part 2 is the fourth and final movie concluding the Hunger Games series. This is the tale of a young woman, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), leading the oppressed citizens into the revolution against the Capitol. The Capitol holds an annual event in which one male and female, between the ages of twelve and eighteen, are randomly chosen to take part in the games; however, a male or female above the age of eighteen is eligible to put their names in more times in return for Tesserae. Tesserae is a token worth a year’s supply of oil and grain for one person. This nationwide event is known as, “The Reaping”. In the first Hunger Games film, Katniss’ younger sister, Primrose Everdeen, is put into the reaping for the first time and also chosen. Katniss volunteers as tribute in Prim’s place. Katniss enters the game and survives as a victor with her ally throughout the games, Peeta Mellark, also from her district. This arouses ongoing conflicts with President Snow in the Capitol.

Specifically, Jennifer Lawrence does an amazing job of acting as the headstrong, quick-witted, resourceful heroine that is Katniss Everdeen. She is able to create a scene that compels you to want to jump inside the film and assist her in her reformation. It seems as though she plays her character so effortlessly and naturally that one might assume she is not acting, but being herself instead. Katniss is such a relatable figure for women, girls, and female teens across the globe, and that really contributes to the positive comments on the film. Lawrence serves as a strong female lead and really defies the status quo by displaying a neo-feminist view of films from Hollywood.

Also, the film did a stellar job at keeping the viewer at the edge of their seat. Whether it was the Capitol’s unexpected obstacles or the broken emotional ties with key characters, the movie always had a way of pulling the viewer back in. While watching the movie, I found myself so engulfed in the scenes, that I forgot I was watching a movie. Personally, I believe those are the best type of movies.

Emotional tugs and plot twists were also a key factor in the success of this film. There were countless losses of beloved characters as well as newly formed friendships. The director did a great job of building the relationship between the viewer and the characters, keeping the viewers constantly concerned. The obstacles, known as pods, were set up by the Capitol and served as engaging plot twists.

All in all, the characters, as well as the actors playing them, did an excellent job of concluding the Hunger Games series. It was an action-packed, suspense-filled film that I would definitely recommend!