There are some hard-hitting dramatic beats in this final installment of the series. Perhaps I’m just madly in love with J-Law. Yes, that could be it. But she is also a hell of an actress.
Katniss takes a dark turn early, and she leaves us wondering how the resolution will play out if she becomes the self-appointed assassin of the revolution.
Panem is a place of mythic symbols, and they take their propaganda seriously. The main metaphor of the series is the dichotomy between the people who see war as a game and the pawns whose lives are decided by others. Katniss springs from the powerless, the Tributes, but she will be tempted to rise through the ranks. Then what?
The climax left me befuddled for awhile. Stopping dead in its tracks, the air blew right out of the theater, and we lingered wondering what Suzanne Collins might have up…
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