I'll start off by saying that I'm not the biggest Hunger Games fan, but I can honestly say that [The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2](tag:449866) took me by complete surprise. The gravity of the franchise's story, and the gravity of the fact that this is the last Hunger Games installment started to occur to me as this epic tale came to an end. I was working in a theater when The Hunger Games (2012) came out. The lines were out the door. Everyone was so excited to see Katniss brought to life on as big a screen as they could see her on, and this last film depicts her better than ever. Our symbol of hope and perseverance, The Mockingjay, could not have been more stunning in her fight.
This movie straps you into an emotional roller coaster and flips you through merciless loops and sharp turns all the way to the end—a truly beautiful ending, too. They tie up nearly every character's story exceptionally well, sans Gale's, perhaps. Maybe I just wasn't paying attention, but I don't remember if they showed where he ends up at the end of the war - other than that, Mockingjay Part 2 ushers us to a very gratifying finale of a cherished series.
But, let's talk about one thing...
Is President Snow the big bad, really? He's the main enemy throughout each of the films, and don't get me wrong; He's a terrible man, especially ill-fitted for a position of power - I mean, he sanctions the deaths of at least 23 children each year for funsies, he definitely needs to be taken down...but was he the only evil force Katniss and her Rebels were facing?
Now, I know we all know of Coin. She's the Resistance leader. The one with the resources to spark the war against the Capitol... but do we really know her? I don't think I'm the only one that felt as if you couldn't exactly trust her in the other Hunger Games movies, but I never really realized how insane she actually is. She's nearly as manipulative as President Snow himself. Coin doesn't take kindly to anyone that she can't control, or connive into her doing as she wants them to. And, yup, you guessed it: Katniss is one of those people that Coin can't truly control, but wants to. After the Rebels are victorious and our Mockingjay rests her wings after all she's been through, the Resistance's own president, Coin, suggests that they hold a Hunger Games for the children of the Capitol citizens, in order to punish them in return. I was completely blindsided by this gruesome proposal, as they had all been oppressed and murdered for years themselves and fought to free themselves. Coin just wanted power, and to perpetuate the same political illness that poisoned their own culture. My jaw dropped to the floor. You come to the full realization that Panem would have been in no better hands than when in Snow's iron fist. And right in that moment, Katniss knew what she needed to do. This could not happen again to a world that has not yet even had a true taste of freedom. Coin may have orchestrated her own dastardly plans to come into power, but Katniss, the Girl on Fire, was as quick-thinking as she was at shooting an arrow.
This film hit it out of the park, and as happy as the movie made me to watch - I'm sad to see the series end. Make sure you take it all in, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is in theaters today!