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Mockingjay Part 2: Doesn’t Soar To Meet Expectations

Morgan Broadus, Photo Editor

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On November 16th, 2015, ‘The Hunger Games’ series came to a much-anticipated end after the fourth and final film, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two’, hit theaters all around the world. After instantly claiming the number one spot in the box office, earning about $523.9 million within the first three weeks, the movie has since remained on top since the release. Being drawn out for what seemed like forever, the finale to the worldwide phenomenon didn’t seem to reach the high expectations the previous three set. ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One’ was an intense, jaw-dropping addition to the series, ending so abruptly to leave each viewer on the edge of their seats. However, Part Two didn’t seem to do the past movies, or even the book series, much justice.

For the first half of the production, Katniss and her team venture through the Capital to eventually reach and assassinate President Snow, the series’ antagonist, who has been controlling and destroying all of the districts over the course of the past three movies. However, the group of rebels must avoid “pods,” small traps that can range from bombs to fire, which are planted every couple of yards around each ruined districts. This results in an extended journey in which the team must escape the eyes of the Capital while they complete their mission. Overall, Katniss’ journey is mainly motivated by her own desire of revenge against Snow, and it seems as if this was the only real result of the entire production. The movie is essentially just a violent, drawn-out conclusion of The Hunger Games series, however, Jennifer Lawrence’s acting brings the finale to life and makes viewing the film pretty worthwhile.  

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