UPB Movie Retrospective: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2'

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at 10:36 PM
UPB Movie Retrospective: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' by Dakota Palmer
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ comes to the Scots Cinema this week, bringing students the final part of the Suzanne Collins-penned saga.

When I was in eighth grade, our school librarian read the first book of “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. At the time, I simply thought Collins had written about a neat concept. I never thought that seven years later, “The Hunger Games” would become one of the largest movie franchises in cinematic history.

“Mockingjay Part 2” was released in late November and made approximately $103 million in its opening weekend. Surprisingly, this is the lowest grossing film of the series. However, it certainly wrapped up one of the most influential series of our time.

Throughout the entirety of “The Hunger Games,” Jennifer Lawrence plays a confident, strong and aggressive young woman who continuously fights for what she believes in. She endures her hardships through her first Hunger Games, the Quarter Quell and then her other various adventures in District 12 and the Capitol.

Nonetheless, she always perseveres through those hardships for the love of her family, friends, District 12 and her country, Panem.

In a time where most movies are driven by hunky male actors, who are easily and immediately considered heroes, Lawrence’s role as Katniss was a breakthrough for women in cinema. In fact, in the 2015 Guinness World Records book, Jennifer Lawrence was named the “highest grossing action movie heroine of all time.” This award shows that cinema is finally reaching a point where women are able to star in the action-packed movies as the ultimate heroines.

More than that, although not as drastic, “The Hunger Games” series is very comparable to modern day society. Our country does not have a President Snow (yet), but we have similar class disparities as those who live in Panem. Those with money (President Snow) have all of the power, and some of those without money (the majority of the citizens of Panem) have none and lead monotonous lives at their everyday jobs, living paycheck to paycheck.

Katniss Everdeen, with the help of her elite squad consisting of Gale, Peeta, Haymitch, Effie, Johanna, Finnick and many other people, inspire young people like you and me to not stand for the inequality we may face throughout our lives.

Often times, I feel as though young people think they are unable to make any change by themselves. However, a revolution only needs to start with one person. Katniss started the revolution against President Snow by herself. Look where it’s gotten her. Overall, I’m very sad that the series is now over, but I’m grateful for Suzanne Collins’ writing about such a strong female figure in a time when society needed her most.

If you haven’t seen any of the Hunger Games movies yet, then you should volunteer as tribute to binge-watch them all next.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” will be playing this week at the Scots Cinema inside Pogue Student Center until Feb. 14.

Dakota Palmer is the Online Editor for The Spectator.

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