I read The Hunger Games my freshman year of high school at the young age of 14. Fun fact: I actually accidentally checked out the Large-Type copy from the library, so each word was huge. Anyway, I was captivated (and not just because the obnoxiously large type). I remember reading it whenever and wherever I could until I finished. I had never read a book like this before. It was so unique and engrossing and honestly hard to read (in the “oh my gosh, kids are killing each other kind of way”…not the “I don’t understand, what the crap is this even saying?” kind of way) but simultaneously hard to put down. I loved it. With my all.
[And I tried to get my close friends to read it…but how do you describe this book to people without sounding like an awful psychopath?: “Hey, you should read this book! It’s about 24 children who are put into an arena and fight to the death. So awesome.” But then none of them read it until the movie was announced…Yeah, I’m a hipster]
ANYWAY, so now the series is over. We’ve had the books for years and years but now the last movie is out and the journey has come to an end. The end of a series is always hard. There aren’t many TV shows where I haven’t cried at the series finale. Same with movies. And Mockingjay Part 2 was no exception. I cried five times, I’m pretty sure. Some of those were just eyes-welling-up type moments, but for dramatic effect I’m counting them all as crying.
Is it still dramatic if I say it’s for dramatic effect? I don’t know, I’m not really that dramatic of a person so I don’t know the exact art of drama. Oh my gosh, I’m so weird. I’m sorry.
But this movie was so well-done. I think that’s what I love about the Hunger Games so much, and what sets this movie series above all other recent dystopians (*cough Divergent cough*). The movies are beautiful adaptations. They’re cinematic and visceral and chaotic and just beautiful. I feel something for every character (even if it’s deep hatred. I’m talking to you, Snow). I get stressed out and sympathetic all in the right moments. It’s just wonderful. Not many other dystopian movies nowadays do this. I don’t even know how to describe it, but for me watching the Hunger Games versus watching Divergent are much different experiences. The Hunger Games is so much more powerful. Does that make sense or resonate with anyone else?
This movie, along with the first part, helped me to appreciate Mockingjay for the wonder it is. When I read the series, I didn’t really like Mockingjay that much, at least not compared to the other two. It was filled with war-zones and death (not that the others are not filled with death) and battle strategy and a Katniss that’s very different from the one we saw before. A hardened Katniss. But the movie has helped me see it in a new light, as the grand climax to a building story. The pinnacle of everything Katniss has worked towards for the last two years—even if she didn’t realize she was working toward it. The final battle of a revolution. It’s beautiful, in a sad and awful kind of way. There’s not really a happy ending for these characters. Even if they live, they are forever scarred. But that’s what war does. It scars people.
This movie is an emotional rollercoaster. I was probably annoying to sit next to because there was specific scenes where I was just sitting there, covering my face, and whispering “I’m so stressed out. I’m so stressed out. I’m so stressed out.” And then, as said before, there were so many powerful moments that brought me to tears. Then, of course, there are some happy moments (though honestly they’re kind of few and far between) and some moments when you chuckle, mostly because you know and appreciate a character’s personality so much. There are some surprises (especially if you haven’t read the book). Moments when you’ll sit on the edge of your sit and then moments where you’ll sit slack-jawed, wondering if that really just happened and if this is really real life. Man, it’ll take you for a ride. But a good one.
And I know this post has been a rambling mess. If you’ve been on my blog before, you’ve seen it before. And if you’re new to my blog, you’ll probably get used to it. But, this movie—and the entire series—is one that can really impact you if you let it. It can really get you thinking, if you can look past the glaring love triangle (#TeamPeeta). Characters that will leave am impression on you. Cinematography that will leave you wanting more. An idea that could inspire revolutions.
And that’s just the movie. As an avid reader and proud bookworm, I have to throw a plug in here. IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOKS, YOU MUST. They’re beautiful and powerful. And (95% of the time) the books are always better.