Mockingjay Makes a Mark

In “Mockingjay Part 2” Jennifer Lawrence as well as a multitude of other familiar Hollywood faces join together to finally conclude “The Hunger Games” epic. While the first installment of Mockingjay lacked a real climax, “Mockingjay Part 2” successfully portrayed the plot line Suzanne Collins intended while simultaneously divulging the true essence of the characters’ struggles. By focusing on the redundant love triangle between Peeta, Gale and Katniss, the previous movies failed to establish Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne as the dynamic characters they truly are. Rather than focusing entirely on one character’s struggle for survival, the final film extends beyond Katniss’ efforts and highlights each character’s individuality.

Although the film remains loyal to Suzanne Collins’ original plotline, it tragically does not encompass all of the emotional turmoil that is included in the novel. “Mockingjay Part 2” could just as easily be named “the one where everyone dies,” yet the film adaptation does not display how this death count takes a toll on Katniss. The novel revolves around her internal struggle of trying to determine the answer to the age-old question of whether or not peace can be attained through war. When Katniss just barely fails to save her sister from her impending death in the climax, the emotional buildup was not sufficient to remind the audience of the irony in the fact that Katniss’ original purpose in volunteering for the games was to protect her sister. Despite all her efforts and the fact that she triumphantly overthrows two malicious dictators, Katniss loses her own battle. The novel concludes with the final realization that no matter how hard we try, we do not always achieve that happily ever after we try so endlessly to attain. The film failed to capitalize on this aspect of plotline and instead chose to focus on Peeta and Katniss’ superfluous love story.

Ultimately, this epic series has accomplished its goal of wading deep into the moral grey areas at the core of every establishment. For all its flaws, “Mockingjay Part 2,” surpassed all expectations. It had everyone in the audience thinking what Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy voices to Katniss near the end of the film. “Katniss,” he said, “I’ll say this for you: You don’t disappoint.”

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