The sailor and I decided to catch the last of this incredible saga aptly named The Hunger Games, Mocking Jay Part 2!
There is so much going on in this movie, with this incredible character ethereally named Katniss Everdeen who wields no ordinary weapon mind you. Home-girl rocks a bow and arrow like an authentic amazonian!
Anyway lets jump right in here. I was desperate to watch a movie where they actually END a series. So many times they keep going with a series until you’re so completely fed up and turned off because where you end up is so far from where you started. Not so with Hunger Games. Could the powers that be come up with an ending that would satisfy? Well make no mistake kittens they did precisely that.
First off let’s talk about Katniss. She’s strong, she’s vulnerable, she’s flawlessly flawed. We resonate with this character because she fights the food fight for all of us with heart not reason. This is what makes us love her and this is also what makes her weak. Every time Katniss feels that she can’t go on because of the sorrow she feels after the death of her friends the surrounding characters shore her up allowing her to persevere. Katniss is also an idealist. She believes that once she achieves freedom the world would change and become as it should be. She quickly learns that President Coin is just as dangerous if not more so than President Snow. This again is because Katniss has older, wiser friends in her corner showing her deference and guidance. We believe in our heroine but our heroine wouldn’t be so incredible without the loyalty, guidance and love of her surrounding companions.
The story-line between Katniss, Peeta and Gale is interesting for the exactly opposite reasons to that of Bella, Edward and Jacob. While the vampire the wolf and the human play at emotions and their own mortality the humans are quite literally in a fight for their very lives. Katniss, Peeta and Gale are on a journey to discover the actual makeup of their own character during this fight to free the capitol not simply for self preservation but for the preservation of all life. Katniss and Peeta have an innate love and respect for all life while we come to discover that Gale has respect for the lives of his people only. All three have been formed by a harsh world but if you closely monitor the dialogue and actions of each of the three characters, you will observe that Peeta and Katniss are on the same page while Gale’s character, dialogue and actions are rather offensive than defensive and more closely aligns with those of the capitol’s regime. Once Katniss becomes aware of this, there is no longer any decision to be made between two men. She abruptly bids Gale goodbye and he acquiesces to her wishes without putting up any resistance leading us to believe that the difference is too much for him to tolerate as well. This was for me such a beautiful example of two people who may love each other but don’t share core values. A masterful job achieved by the writers moving the audience to cry out for Katniss and Peeta to unite without feeling torn about her choice to dismiss Gale.
Haymitch intoxicated us from the jump and has been watering Katniss with parental guidance every since and we love him for it. Effie’s been dressing and mothering Katniss with love and affection from the onset and I think we can all appreciate that these characters were essential to all of the films. We would have been far too heartbroken if they were taken from us.
Peeta’s reemergence gave us hope and we struggled through each scene right along with him as he fought hard to decipher the truth from the torturous conditioning he suffered upon capture. Every question he posed to Katniss was simple yet held a bottomless pit of emotion.
Haymitch said it and it is simple fact: Katniss does NOT disappoint. In short, five stars, we dug it.
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