In a Blaze of Glory


Waiting an entire year for the release of a sequel is worth it.

As the fourth and last movie finishes the Hunger Games series on Nov. 20, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 2” is definitely one that impresses its audience. Not a single scene goes by without dynamic sound effects that create a sense of heightened anticipation. When a break in the action occurs, use of witty dialogue replaces it. Since “Mockingjay–Part 2” is the last movie of the beloved Hunger Games series, many people feared the possibility of walking out of the theater disappointed by a dull ending. However, during the two hours of intense and emotional drama, all doubts are swept away by the stunning graphics and smooth flow of the storyline.

Continuing from the thrilling cliffhanger that left viewers speechless in the previous film, “Mockingjay–Part 2” begins with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) recovering from her near-death confrontation with the “new” Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), who has been brainwashed by the Capitol. Katniss vows to avenge the suffering he has endured and sets out to kill President Snow (Donald Sutherland), meeting many challenges and facing emotional losses along the way.

The movie’s exciting plot is further enhanced by the actors’ convincing portrayals of the characters. Each flickering reaction expressed by the characters is detected by the audience, allowing the viewers to immerse themselves in the movie. However, Peeta’s nearly instantaneous recovery after a few severe meltdowns creates an inconsistency with his character’s supposedly critical condition.

Unlike the prequel “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 1,” the flow of events in this movie smoothly integrates dramatic action into each scene without leaving out vital elements in the plot. The sequence of events is easy to follow, captivating viewers by giving them a better understanding of each situation and generating a faster pace throughout the film.

The movie contains outstanding acting and an incredible use of graphics, but the most notable aspect of the entire film is the mounting intensity throughout the action scenes. Clips such as the squad’s escape from the mutts in the sewer system leave people in the audience cowering in their seats, anticipating the sudden appearance of a mutt’s distorted figure. Other scenes are more emotionally impactful. Katniss’s mourning of the death of her younger sister, Prim (Willow Shields), is one of those moments that leaves the audience in shambles.

The majority of the movie contains minimal comic relief to lighten up the mood of the room. However, the appearances of characters such as Finnick (Sam Claflin) and Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) provide brief distractions that cause the audience to erupt in laughter.

Perhaps categorized as one of the more impressive adaptations of the series, “Mockingjay–Part 2” leaves a memorable impression, giving the Hunger Games series a fulfilling ending that will be remembered as its lasting legacy.

By Jessica Huang, Staff writer

Photo courtesy of IMDB.com

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