by Vivian Tran
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 was released on Nov. 20. The Hunger Games series written by Suzanne Collins consists of only 3 novels: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. It was adapted into 4 films with Mockingjay being split into two parts. The film features a star-studded cast with well-known actresses and actors such as Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, and many more.
The film continues from where the last movie ended off with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) getting closer to victory in the war against President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and the Capitol. Along with her goal of killing President Snow, Katniss also struggles with Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) who is brainwashed into thinking that Katniss is his enemy as a result of torture inflicted by the Capitol. Unbeknownst to Katniss, as she continues her way to the heart of the Capitol, President Coin (Julianne Moore) of District 13 has constructed a devious plan.
So far the film has grossed over $448 million worldwide, and has earned several positive reviews from review websites, newspapers, and magazines such as New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Rotten Tomatoes, and etc. In total, the Hunger Games film series has grossed over $2.5 billion becoming the 19th highest-grossing film franchise of all time.
Although the movie was an immense success, there were notable scenes or aspects of the movie that are especially memorable because of how it differs from the book. First of all, there was a lack of scenes that featured Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Unfortunately, the lack of appearances was because of Hoffman’s passing.
Second of all, Katniss did not kill the Capitol citizen. In the book, Katniss shot and killed a Capitol citizen because the citizen was going to call out and reveal Katniss’ location. In the movie, Director Francis Lawrence changed it so that the Capitol citizen was a rebel sympathizer that sheltered Katniss and her squad.
Third of all, the movie bypassed introducing Delly Cartwright. In the book,Delly Cartwright was an acquaintance of Peeta’s before he entered the Hunger Games. She was permitted to talk to Peeta in order to help him recover his memories, but in the movie she was never introduced and Prim was used instead.
Finally, the most surprising difference between the book and the movie was the chemistry between Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) and Effie (Elizabeth Banks). Right before, Haymitch and Katniss made their way out of the Capitol, Haymitch and Effie kissed each other on the lips. This unexpected scene was a result of some improv by Harrelson, the filmmakers were also surprised by the affectionate action but decided to include it in the movie because there always seemed to be a spark between the two characters.
Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence, and Josh Hutcherson at the premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingly Part 2.