This dystopia, set in the not-too-distant future, has fascinated millions of readers around the world. And when it became known that director Gary Ross firmly decided to film Susan Collins’ trilogy “The Hunger Games”, fans of the fantastic saga about the fate of young Kitniss Everdeen almost prayed for the success of the undertaking, listening attentively to the next news from the set. In what order should you watch these movies so as not to miss any detail in the intricately twisted plot and finally understand the fate and characters of major and minor characters?
In what order should you watch the “Hunger Games” movies?
The first part of this four-part mini-series is called “The Hunger Games“. Here we are introduced to the laws and mores of the fictional state of Panem (judging by the plot and entourage, it is somewhere in the present-day United States) and to the epic survival show The Hunger Games, which serves as both a social elevator for the many poor and an effective way of pacifying potential rebels and dissenters who die in an elaborate gladiatorial arena before the eyes of millions of viewers. These games also involve Kitniss, who has decided to replace her sister, who is doomed to die. And though at first the girl’s fate seems sealed, Kitniss and her new friend Pete manage to win thanks to their courage, mutual help and miscalculation of their enemies’ actions. But that doesn’t mean they won’t have to fight for their lives from now on, as the sequels show.
The title of the second installment, piquing the audience’s interest, is “The Hunger Games – Catching Fire” Now the survivors of the deadly fight, Kitniss and Pete have to confront the dictator Panem, who sees them as the leaders of a popular uprising and is not stingy with blackmail and threats. An uprising does break out, and the rebellious Kitniss has a part to play in it. At the same time, the girl will have to face the treachery of her recent comrades-in-arms, who see her as an enemy spy, a pretender to the supreme power, and a dangerous rival. And even though Katniss, her close friends who are still loyal to her and her relatives, who have been on the verge of death more than once, are still alive, she understands the meaning of the saying, which becomes the film’s slogan: “Remember who your real enemy is”.
The third film, made because of the abundance of material in two parts, is called “The Hunger Games. The Mockingjay,” after the nickname Kitniss got. Now the young girl, long cured of her ability to trust the first man she meets, faces a new temptation – to become a living symbol and leader of the rebellion or remain faithful to her ideals. After weighing the pros and cons and seeing with her own eyes the misery caused by the dictator, she decides to lead the rebels, who see in her the guarantee of their future victory. At the same time, she fears for the life of Pete, who has been captured by the enemy and, as subsequent events have shown, has been thoroughly “brainwashed”, making the unfortunate man forget his recent past and henceforth believe in the comrades and friends of his worst enemies.
Kitniss and her comrades-in-arms overthrow dictator Snow, sentenced to death but instead mauled by rebels who hate him. She becomes the wife of Pete, who tenderly cares for her and helps Kitniss through the pain of the loss of her friends and beloved sister. In the finale of the last film, we see Kitniss, who has become a mother, comforting one of her children by telling him that in the future she will tell him about her harsh youth and the world in which the Hunger Games existed.
- The Hunger Games.
- The Hunger Games – Catching Fire
- The Hunger Games. The Mockingjay
Will a sequel to The Hunger Games be made?
Judging from the original storyline, the answer is no, although there are many unanswered questions in the world of Kitniss and Pete. One of them is the possibility of a new tyrant, even more cunning and cruel than Snow, coming to power. Each of the fans of the saga can come up with their own sequels to The Hunger Games, but they will remain in the position of fanfics, which are unlikely to be made into full-fledged movies rather than amateur short films.