Now that the Digital HD/Blu-Ray versions of Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 is on the shelves, I think it is only fitting that I rank all of the films in the epic Hunger Games film franchise for this episode of Ranked.
So if you have read the books or seen the films, you are in for a treat. Spoilers obviously follow as well. So if you have not seen the most recent movie, you've been warned. But since I have enjoyed every one of these movies, I think that some of them were better than others.
4. The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1
Kicking off the list is Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1. Being the first to last film in the franchise, it really begins bringing everything in the Hunger Games franchise in full swing as Katniss prepares herself for the ultimate final fight with President Snow. And while this movie was a lot of fun to watch, the main theme is propaganda. There was far too much propaganda at every turn in the movie. Aside from that, there were some very surprising newcomers to the franchise including Natalie Dormer as Cressida and Academy Award winner Julianne Moore as President Alma Coin. And I dedicate this one to Phillip Seymour Hoffman who portrays Plutarch Heavensbee who lost his life just as he was about to finish filming Part 2. RIP Plutarch.
3. The Hunger Games
Spot #3 goes to the one that started it all: The Hunger Games. While it was a very interesting introduction to the series, it brought everything as faithful to the book as it can be. What surprised me most is Jennifer Lawrence's superb performance as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson's performance as Peeta Mallark. But the only downside is we didn't see enough of Donald Sutherland as President Snow in this installment here. Although he was the main antagonist through the majority of the series, I thought he should've had more screen time than his only few scenes in the movie.
2. The Hunger Games Catching Fire
At spot #2 is the sequel to the Hunger Games, Catching Fire. Picking up where the original film left off, Katniss and Peeta now go on a victory tour which results in them having to face the fight of their lives as they are to compete in the Quarter Quell. Unknown to them, there is rebellion brewing all around them. As this is the most popular book/film in the series, I totally dug it. It was an excellent second installment that brought in such fantastic performances from the original cast and newcomers including the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, a secret leader of the Rebellion and poser as Head Game-maker and Sam Claffin as Finnick Odair. What interested me most is that it got me ready and wanting more which we got in both parts of Mockingjay.
1. The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2
And I have saved the best for last. At spot #1 is the epic conclusion: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2. If you thought that this one is the best of the four, I totally agree. Picking up after Part 1, Katniss Everdeen and a squad of her friends face the ultimate battle to take down President Snow and bring everything in Panem back to peace in order to end the war. Although, President Coin has something to hide. And I have a number of reasons I say Part 2 is the best one. First, the action in this film is just fantastic. It brings everything to the end as the book intended. Second, it follows the second half of the book really well. And third, this is the thing that surprised me most. President Coin was revealed to be the main antagonist of the movie instead of Snow. If you watch the execution scene at the climax of the film, and you see Coin step up onto the podium, you have to say to yourselves 'Okay. She's the real villain here.' Also, there is a great performance once more by Jennifer Lawrence as she takes everything to full circle and bring down President Snow once and for all.
So that is my ranking. How do you guys rank the epic Hunger Games movies? Leave your thoughts down below.