By Molly Risk:
If you haven’t heard by now, the most recent movie of The Hunger Games series came out Thursday the 19th.
The Hunger Games series started off as a book trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. It was an extremely popular book series, and was eventually produced into a series of movies. The first movie came out in 2012, and then the second book, Catching Fire, came out in 2013. Mockingjay, Part 1 came out in 2014, leaving everyone in suspense for Part 2, which came out last week. Even though the book series was a trilogy, the last book, Mockingjay, was too dense for one movie. Thus, the four movies.
I saw the movie last Saturday, the 21st, and personally thought it was very good. It remained very faithful to the books, and each character had the most fitting actor or actress to play them.
The movie was about two hours and fifteen minutes long, however, the time passed very quickly. The lighting in the movie was very dim, which made it difficult to see certain things, literally, in the movie, which was a downside. Another issue was that it ended with many of my favorite characters just dying. There was so much death and violence in this movie, but what is The Hunger Games without death?
There were also some weird scenes that I thought didn’t fit right in the movie. There was one scene where all the rebel characters were in a tunnel, and these creatures came up and it became a huge attack scene. This is also (spoiler alert) where the beloved character, Finnick, dies. Additionally, much of Plutarch’s storyline, Gale’s betrayal, and Peeta’s recovery were all skimmed over, so those who did not read the books were probably fairly confused. But other than some weird parts of scenes here and there, overall the content and scenes were great.
Despite the constant dying of favorite characters and longer plotline with some missing explanation, the movie was very good. It is a must see for all of The Hunger Games fans out there, and was a great way to end the wonderful series of books and movies.
By Michaela McKasson:
Last Thursday I had the privilege, along with a few hundred other Jewish teens, to see a prescreening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 for the price of five dollars and five canned foods. This was part of the Beni Brith Youth Organization’s (BBYO for short) Can-Tribute hunger advocacy and awareness program. This program encourages community of Jewish teens to take charity in their own hands and support their community either through an existing food bank or through a program all their own. The teens of Indiana decided to support Popsie’s Pantry, a local food pantry that provides to the Indianapolis area, and specifically to Jewish families that adhere to dietary restrictions. As a reward for participating in Can-Tribute, Jewish teens across the US were given the chance to see Mockingjay, Part 2 a day before its release. Sadly, many people were disappointed in the movie.
The main complaint critics have of The Hunger Games series is that the love triangle is unnecessary and that it doesn’t focus enough on the revolution. What many of them seem to mean is that they would prefer less human emotion and more explosions. The movie actually had very minimal focus on Katiness’s “choice” between Gale and Peeta, and instead focused on her determination to get revenge on the Capital’s President Snow and her inner conflict on how far war the war effort could go before the rebels became just as bad as the enemy. Of course we did get to see a few sweet Katniss-Peeta moments – and a very odd kiss between her and Gale – because who doesn’t like a hint of romance among the deaths of your favorite characters?
Another complaint of the movie is that Katniss isn’t a good hero, and I have to agree. Katniss is a terrible hero; she’s selfish, she doesn’t listen to instructions, she’s mean, and she doesn’t really like people. But Katniss is a great rebel. She doesn’t listen to others because she listens to her gut, she might be selfish but that just makes her more human, and she may not like people, but she cares about their situations. It’s these qualities that makes her swear revenge on Snow; she doesn’t want to kill him for peace, she wants to kill him because of what he did to her— helping everyone else was second on her list.
I have a few critiques of my own, my biggest one being the believability. I’m usually a big supporter of Jennifer Lawrence, but I feel like she dropped the ball in some of the deeper scenes of the movie. Instead of sounding empowering when calling people to arms, she sounded bland, and when crying over (spoiler alert) Prim’s death, she doesn’t feel genuine. I don’t think this was entirely her fault. The movie just felt generally rushed, like the director wanted to get as much action in as little time as possible white still having sentimental moments. Especially during Finnick’s wedding, and when Katniss first talks to Peeta. It hinders the overall movie experience because it makes you feel like you’re running from one scene to another, rather than a smooth transition. Over all, I would give the movie 4 stars; it had its bumps in the road, but the good outweighed the bad by far.