Katniss has now told the last part of the story that has inspired so many. So much has happened on the way to this finale, including the unfortunate death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who portrayed Plutarch Heavensbee in the series. Katniss was not only a symbol within the story, but has become a symbol of female empowerment within the real world. The fourth and final installment of the famous franchise brings an end to Katniss’ story, leaving the world awestruck at both the story and its impact.
Once the curtain has opened, and everyone has their 3D-glasses on, the film starts where the previous one left off; Katniss, played by Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, has her bruises tended to after Peeta, played by Josh Hutcherson, made an attempt to strangle her, having been brainwashed by the Capitol. As the story continues, Katniss goes through several war zones and dangerous battles in order to overthrow the Capitol, kill President Snow (played by Donald Sutherland), and get Peeta back to his usual self. All the while, she still tries to decide who is better suited for her, her lifelong friend Gale, played by Hemsworth-brother Liam, or sweet and caring Peeta. The film also stars two-time Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson, portraying Haymitch whose advice Katniss continues to ignore, Elizabeth Banks as the glorious Effie Trinket, and Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, the tv-host.
Splitting Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay into two had people wondering whether it would be a good idea or not. How successful would the directors be in keeping the excitement going? The second half of the story was still action-packed, and allowed for a lot more of the scenes to be put in the film, which would otherwise have been ignored. The scene towards the end where Buttercup returns to District 12 is a heartbreaking one, and might not have had a place in the film if it weren’t for the fourth film. Furthermore, the breathtaking scene where the squad is attacked by the Mutts in the sewer received a great deal of positive criticism. The deaths of Finnick and Prim could have been more extensive, while those of President Alma Coin and President Snow should have been shorter.
As the big finale to the story, this film is definitely worth watching. Its powerful epilogue will bring tears to your eyes. In this film Jennifer Lawrence continues to amaze her audience with her acting abilities, bringing Katniss to life once more. Yes, the story might be somewhat slow compared to its predecessors, but is still packed with suspenseful and moving scenes. Comparing the dystopian drama to the trilogies Divergent and The Maze Runner, this series is, up to this time, a much better and impactful story. This film was still very much successful in keeping the viewers on the edge of their seats with tissues clutched in their hands.