The Hunger Games franchise is coming to a much-anticipated and dreaded close
By: Bryana Woodson, Entertainment Editor
Over the past three years, one series has escalated with each movie it’s put out: The Hunger Games. Set in futuristic North America, it follows the growth of one Katniss Everdeen and the rebellion against the tyrannical government of the Capitol. Since the first movie came out in late 2012, the franchise, including the books, has profited billions of dollars. Pop culture just can’t get enough of it.
In the follow up to “Mockingjay: Part One”, Katniss and the rebels of District Thirteen continue to work on their plans for overthrowing the Capitol with the help of a new member by the name of Peeta Mellark. Previously, the “Boy With The Bread” was held hostage by President Snow and hijacked, or tortured, to believe Katniss is the enemy. Basically, the Capitol used venom to poison Peeta into thinking all the horrible things they did were done by Katniss herself or because of her. Now, with a deranged victor/supposed lover, Katniss is faced with many questions. She must decide who and what matters to her most, or let the broken world of Panem turn to flames around her.
With the competition of The Hunger Games out of the way, cast and crew got down to the gritty substance beneath the smooth exterior and pretty costumes.
“There are definitely shared themes throughout the entire series. This is the movie where all of the themes coalesce. The last one was about propaganda and the media and the manipulation of imagery. Those aspects and the consequences of war and violence all come together here,” said Francis Lawrence, director of the last three films in the franchise.
Devastating to fans everywhere, the last installment, Mockingjay: Part Two, comes out later this month. While the first two movies have exceeded expectations, the third (Mockingjay: Part One) had poor ratings and profits according to the box office. Some fans believed that, because it focused more on the warfare and consequences of the Capitol’s decisions, it took on a monotonous, dreary feeling and color. Teens, the majority of the fandom, are dreading this movie even more because of the simple fact that it is the end. The series and its success will live on through those who’ve read and followed along with Katniss’ journey but, sadly, it’s the last time entertainment will see a Hunger Games movie for the first time.