This third Hunger Games film is arguably the best in the series as the plot thickens in what is the most beloved dystopian series to date. Rather than the action-packed games we’ve witnessed in the first two films, Mockingjay is more of a socio-political examination that focuses on the less illicit revolutionary movement in Panem. It gives more personal layers to the characters we’ve grown to love such as Gale, Peeta and Katniss and allows us to journey with them as turmoil in the districts 13 continue. Film adaptations are often tricky, but this particular film certainly does justice to Suzanne Collins’ third book. While Catching Fire and the original Hunger
Games films were focused more on the games, the third film does an excellent job at binding the story and directing it towards the anticipated war between the districts and the Capitol. With Peeta out of the picture for the majority of the film, the ever continual love story between Katniss and Gale continues, leaving audiences in suspense for not only the fate of Panem but for the complicated love triangle that takes place between the three lead characters.
Though the story itself is tensely filled with anarchy, it would be nothing without its subtle hints of humour, especially that of the haughty Effie Trinket and the struggling alcoholic, Haymitch. The sarcasm that keeps Katniss sane is also very present and lightens the mood on the dark subject matter of the film.
This particular film features Jennifer Lawrence’s best performance so far. Especially since she’s been given more opportunity to work with the character development rather than the fighting and action that took place in the first two films. Mockingjay Part 2 will be in theatres in November of this year and the anticipation from fans for the final instalment of this series is incredibly high.