It feels like just yesterday I read the last words of the final Hunger Games book, “Mockingjay.” Seeing the fourth and final movie brought back the melancholy feelings of finishing one of my favorite book series and the love I have for the characters who came to life for me on the pages of those books.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” is true to the book, and if you have been a fan of the previous movies and the books, you will certainly enjoy this film.
“Part 2,” the second of two movies made about the final book in the series, starts where the last film left off. “In Mockingjay Part 1,” the last image the audience sees is of a brainwashed Peeta choking Katniss, trying to kill her. “Part 2” opens with Katniss sitting in a medical center, stunned, with a horribly bruised neck, trying to speak with her barely audible voice.
This scene gives the audience a sense of the mental and physical pain Katniss has been going through. Her broken voice shows the anguish and exhaustion she has been enduring.
Jennifer Lawrence’s performance as the heroine is on point, as usual. Lawrence’s way of expressing Katniss’ emotions and ambitions has been exceptional throughout the series. Katniss was Lawrence’s breakout role, and she has achieved so much since the first “Hunger Games” movie. It is sad to think that this is her last time playing the heroic character that has been so closely associated with her.
Thanks to her work in the series, Lawrence has become a huge role model to girls all around the world because of her magnetic charm, relatable personality and humor, as well as her strength.
Lawrence has grown to be an inspirational person for many young girls, demanding equal pay with male actors and speaking out against bullying over social media.
The character of Katniss also has been a strong role model for girls because of her courage and strength. Katniss perseveres through unimaginable difficulty, encouraging her fans to believe that anything is possible if they set their minds to it.
Since it had been a while since I read the books, I had forgotten some of the sad moments in the book, such as the death of the charismatic character Finnick Odair. Finnick is such a lovable character and it is upsetting to watch his unfortunate outcome.
It was hard saying goodbye to all of the characters that I have come to know so well. Seeing characters like Effie Trinket and Haymitch make their final appearances on screen brought home the fact that this is truly the end.
However, the final scenes are satisfying, with Katniss and Peeta finally getting the happy ending they deserve. The movie ends with Katniss sitting in a field on a sunny afternoon with her beautiful children and husband, Peeta.
It is always hard to say goodbye to characters that you’ve become attached to, but I think “Mockingjay – Part 2” does a great job of giving the final goodbye that true “Hunger Games” fans have been craving.
Zoe Pearce is a senior at Nardin Academy.