The “Hunger Games” series consists of four science-fiction, dystopian, adventure films based on the books by Suzanne Collins. The films are rated PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images, involving teens.
The first movie “Hunger Games” came out in 2012. Set in a place called Panem, each year Panem picks a boy and girl from each of the 12 districts to compete in The Hunger Games, a fight to the death competition. The film’s main character is Katniss, a girl from district 12 who volunteers for her sister Prim when she is chosen. Peeta Mellark is chosen as the boy tribute. Katniss and Peeta are rushed to the capital where they undergo intense training before being thrown into the arena to fight to become the victors of the 74th Hunger Games.
The second movie “Catching Fire” came out in 2013. Katniss and Peeta’s unexpected co-victory in the games starts to stir up a rebellion. President Snow visits Katniss and tell her that if she doesn’t convince the districts on the victor tour, a tour of the the 12 districts for the winners of the “Hunger Games” to pay their respects to the fallen tributes, that her win was an act of love not an act of rebellion. As her efforts fail to convince the districts, the capital decides that that the Quarter Quell (the name for the 75th Hunger Games) will gather all the former Hunger Games Victors and have them eliminate each other. Katniss and Peeta are chosen to be in the Quarter Quell. To win they must form alliances. Will Katniss and Peeta make it out of the quarter quell.
The third movie “Mockingjay Part 1” came out in 2014. After Katniss got rescued from the Quarter Quell, she awakens beneath the supposedly destroyed District 13. Peeta got captured by President Snow and is being brainwashed. At the same time Katniss learns of the rebellion spreading through the districts and the plan that saved her from the Quarter Quell. The rebellion that will place her at the center of a plot to kill President Snow.
The final movie in the Hunger Games series “Mockingjay Part 2” came out on Nov. 20, 2015. Katniss as the symbol of the rebellio
n, Peeta saved from President Snow, the war coming closer and closer to an end. Will Katniss get revenge on Snow? Will she get to be with her “Star-Crossed Lover”, Peeta? Or will she end up loving Gale more? Death, Bombs, Bows and Arrows, Love Triangle, Hope. What will happen?
On Tuesday Nov. 17, I walked into my house and walked over to the fridge and saw four tickets for “Mockingjay Part 2.” I was so excited because I was going to get to see it the day before it opened.
The movie was amazing. I would have to rate it 4.5/5 only because of the stuff they left out from the book.
One of the major parts that was left out of the movie was how Katniss got to the capital. In the book Katniss had to go through intense training to become a high ranking soldier, instead of just being the Mockingjay (the symbol of the rebellion). In the movie she snuck on the a medical plane on its way to the capital.
The second was how Prim didn’t have major parts in the movie like she did in the book. In the book Prim started out as a nurse for district 13, then she ended the book by being the youngest medic on the front lines of the war. The book showed how she became a war medic and how she helped Katniss become the symbol of the war. The movie only showed her three times, once when she was dancing with Katniss at the wedding, second right at the beginning of the movie she went into Peeta’s room to see if he would recognize her, and then right at the end when she was a war nurse helping the wounded.
I understand they can’t fit all of the book into a three hour movie, but they took out the right parts to make sure the movie had all of the major parts in the book. Overall I’m very happy with the way the series ended.
If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend going to see the Final Chapter of the “Hunger Games” series “Mockingjay Part 2.”