As an avid “Hunger Games” reader, the release of the latest part of the franchise was the movie anticipation of the year.


In the latest installment of the “Hunger Games” mega-franchise, Jennifer Lawrence didn’t disappoint, delivering in her role as Katniss Everdeen for the third time.

The fierceness of Lawrence’s acting is what really drove her powerful character on the big screen.

She once again positioned herself as a power-player rebel, when she shoots down an entire aircraft using just her signature bow and arrow.

Liam Hemsworth gets the award for most improved in his character of Gale Hawthorne.

In the previous movies, Hemsworth’s character was but a small part of the big picture.

In the first installment of “Mockingjay,” you finally see Hemsworth’s character take a leading role.

His role in this movie is so flawless that it almost makes you forget about Everdeen’s other love interest, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).

Mellark is seen as a traitor after being kidnapped by the Capitol.

This puts his character on the back burner in this installment, which gives the Everdeen, Hawthorne fans a glimmer of hope.

That hope is made even more realistic when the audience discovers that the Capitol has brainwashed Mellark into thinking that Everdeen is the enemy.

Another year will have to pass before fans will get to see the final installment of “Mockingjay.”

Being a fan of the books, I thought the movie hit all the crucial elements that helped bring it to life on screen.

Others around me, however, were not as impressed, hoping for more action.

This movie was not about another round of the Hunger Games, it was about the rebellion to end the Hunger Games, focusing more on emotion and character development.

I believe fans will get the action they are seeking in the final installment, due out at the end of next year.

“May the odds be ever in their favor.”

3.5 out of 5 stars

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By Molly Carver

Molly Carver is Social Media Editor for MBU Timeline and news anchor for MBU Timeline-Broadcast. She is majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Journalism. After graduation, Carver plans to find work with a boutique public relations agency where she can utilize her passions for writing and strategic planning.