Reneh Gelladuga, Staff Reporter

Attention all tributes! The final movie of the Hunger Games series has just been released! Gather your bows and arrows and head to your nearest theatre!

I myself have been a follower of the Hunger Games since the 8th grade. I’ve always loved the now cliche and overused, dystopian society plot. I was first introduced to the Hunger Games by my English teacher and have loved it ever since.  Catching Fire, the 2nd in the series, is no doubt my favorite novel of the three. “I liked catching fire the best. I liked reading about when they went into the games and Mockingjay didn’t have that,” Kyle Follo ‘16 agrees.

Every Hunger Games movie that has been released, has, in my opinion, fit the bill in comparison to the novels. The Hunger Games was eye-catching, Catching Fire was amazing, Mockingjay Part 1 was accurate, and Mockingjay Part 2 was adequate.

       Mockingjay Part 2 had a few strong suits that I would like to point out: plot, character development, and execution of characters.

Reading the novel, Mockingjay certainly did not have as much action in the plot as the previous novels did. Since the book itself was not as action filled, of course the movie adaptations wouldn’t be. Mockingjay was more of a conclusion rather an an amplification of events, as it should be as the final book.

Lawrence, Hemsworth, and Hutcherson all did a fantastic job portraying their characters. I couldn’t imagine anyone else but Jennifer Lawrence as the Mockingjay. And her two lovestruck, leading guys Gale and Peeta are executed perfectly. Personally, I’m Team Peeta. The way he just quietly cares for her and loves her throughout the series is so darn sweet. “I definitely like Peeta better than Gale, because Gale just seems whiny all the time and kind of obsessive with Katniss,” Follo adds.

The great execution of characters made it possible for the amazing character development in Mockingjay Part 2. In the previous movies, many of the characters were lost, confused in their life that is controlled by the Capitol. By the end of Mockingjay Part 2, most of the characters knew their place. Peeta Mellark, head over heels for Katniss Everdeen, finally discovers his role in her life. The same goes to Gale Hawthorne, who finds a different pathway in Panem.

“I really liked the character development this book showed. At the beginning of the series many characters were so different than at the end in Mockingjay,” shares Camille Moore ‘17.

I think Mockingjay Part 2 was a good way to end the series. The movie answered a majority of the questions that arose in the previous novels/movies. 75 Hunger Games is enough for anyone to endure and I do not think a fourth book/movie is necessary. While I’m sad to see the series end, all in all I am pretty pleased about the final movie.

“I wouldn’t want the series to be extended another book because they ended nicely. Mockingjay was an excellent read, but I could tell it wasn’t as good as the first two so I think another book would overdo it. I wouldn’t be opposed to a prequel or another storyline of past Hunger Games however,” concludes Follo.