The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015)

The Mockingjay finally spreads her wings.

Why do we lose that sparkle of happiness and pure innocence when we grow up? I guess we start to see the world for what it really is.

Our eyes are slowly opened to what the world’s really like and that happiness is something you have to fight for.

In The Hunger Games we’re introduced to Katniss as a young girl, completely and utterly aware of the dystopian dictatorship that rules over Panem. But like everyone in District 12 she’s forced to fend only for herself and those she cares about.

Panem compels her to save her young sister Prim from the 74th Hunger Games – and so the Mockingjay begins her journey.

As Katniss’ story unfolds, so does Panem’s and by the time we get to the epic conclusion, Mockingjay Part 2, we see exactly what it takes to fight for happiness and freedom.

The entire feel of the final chapter is so mature, but the story being told just wouldn’t work any other way.

The rebels march on the Capitol to overthrow President Snow and free the country from his tyrannous reign.

The war costs lives. But unlike in the first film where we didn’t have time to grieve for anyone, the final chapter makes us feel every emotion with each death that comes.

We’re able to connect to each character which means we care if they live or die.

The story has a perfect balance of drama, action, plot twists and a couple of fantastic jaw-dropping moments that kept me gripped to the screen.

Jennifer Lawrence shows Katniss’ maturity and vulnerability as she tries to end the war and keep everything she holds dear safe once and for all.

There’s also the political agenda which spilled over from Mockingjay Part 1. What will Panem look like at the end of the war? Who will govern it?

This film is the perfect balance of taking us through Katniss’ mission to overthrow Snow, which is close and intimate, and showcasing the terrors of a country at war in epic proportions.

This is certainly a satisfying end to an enjoyable series. The Hunger Games has been packaged and delivered to us in fantastic style and I, for one, am sad to say goodbye to Katniss and Panem.


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