May the odds ever be in your favor. Katniss Everdeen, the brave girl from Distict 12, has evolved and grown in front of our eyes to the ‘girl on fire’ and finally redefined as the Mockingjay. The four-part saga of movies based off the phenomenal boo trilogy by Suzanne Collins has come to an end. The movies have carried out the story of the star-crossed lovers, Katniss and Peeta, and their inevitable destiny to fight in the Games. Only one question remains: Did the movies outlive the tale and bring a bigger meaning to the city of Panem?
The first Hunger Games movie was incredulous; it created a wave of relief to fans of the books nationwide, combining the action in the book among with director, Gary Ross. Its intense moments of triumph and defeat throughout bring fans to their knees. Watching the movie for the first time was thrilling for me. The movie left me with goosebumps up and down my arms and legs. Check that one off the list of successful book-to-movie adaptations.
Next came Catching Fire in 2013, and I have to say, this movie is my favorite of the four. It takes the words off the page and sheds some light on the word ‘breathtaking’. It’s enticing, captivating, and a bit on the romantic side with scenes that show Katniss Everdeen at her most vulernable. New to the series, director, Francis Lawrence, did a fine job on filming. Check and check.
When the two-part finale of Mockingjay arrived in 2014 and 2015, every fan’s world was thrown into a spiral. Mockingjay Part I ultimately did a poor job of displaying the first few chapters of the movie. The introduction of new characters felt a bit overwhelming, and the plot lacked any well, feeling. The entire movie was a rescue mission for Peeta, and it felt too much like a waste of time. There were no surprises or exciting moments; it just dragged on and on with no emotion or interactions that inexplicably felt real. Frankly halfway through the movie I began to question the director’s choice of plot, and even began to wonder if the director has been changed. This movie was all hype, and almost ruined my wanting to see the next one.
Mockingjay Part II was no better. This movie had more memorable moments, but it still continued to disappoint. This movie’s box-office’s records were the worst out of the series. The first twenty minutes dragged on, and certainly did not get to the point. The ending lacked the ability to make the movie-goers feel closure to the story’s supposed conclusion, and furthermore after watching what had become of Mockingjay Part I and II, I realized the whole problem, the disastrous decision to break up the novel into a two-part movie. This decision ruined the end of the Hunger Games series for me and many others as well. Furthermore, now I can never feel as though the games never ended due to the tragedy of these movies. Don’t bother checking these movies off the list.
Hunger Games and Catching Fire were amazing movies that perfectly captivated the girl on fire; Mockingjay, however, was a bore that did not. Director Francis Lawrence has failed fans of the series all over, including me. The odds are never really in our favor, are they?
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