The end of the year means many things – one of them being the release of long-awaited films. Mockingjay: Part II, the last of The Hunger Games saga, had its opening night, Thursday, Nov. 19th.

The much anticipated sequel had a solemn introduction.

“As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance,” according to IMDb.

Cade Buer, a junior studying English education, expected Part II to be drawn out extensively.

“The last movie ended with Peeta struggling against his restraints, with a crazed look in his eye,” Buer said. “I initially thought the director must have had that same crazed look when he made the last book into two parts.”

With this feat, Buer said he was impressed with the flow of the movie and the action that really drew him in.

On the other hand, Nate Hjorth, a freshman studying exercise physiology, said he had expected more action.

“I didn’t read the books, so I didn’t know what to expect,” Hjorth said. “People told me it was super intense, but the movie didn’t seem as epic as I had heard it was.”

Jenna McClure, a freshman studying elementary education, said she was pleasantly surprised.

“I was expecting a lot out of this movie because Part I really disappointed me,” she said. “I wanted a lot of action and a great ending to this trilogy.”

Among the action, Buer said the most poignant scene was Prim’s cat’s return to District 12.

“For me, the cat just symbolizes Katniss herself,” Buer said. “It was beat up and battered, and for those that read the books, it also had some mental issues. This perfectly portrays Katniss, her emotional and physical scars, and the mutual affection they share for Prim. Plus, cats are just boss in general.”

There were multiple scene favorites throughout the movie.

“I loved the one where Peeta didn’t think he could go on much longer,” McClure said. “Katniss grabbed him and said, ‘please stay with me’ as she kissed him. After, he replied, ‘always.’ It just melted my heart!”

McClure said she enjoyed how this let the audience know that there was hope for them and for Peeta.

Kodey Johnson, a sophomore studying construction management, was highly satisfied with the way the series concluded. He said he wanted an action packed movie where people finally find the freedom they have been longing for.

“Ending on a point of irresolution – things are no longer getting worse, but there’s no guarantee they’ll improve – is a bold choice for the franchise, in both book and film form, but neither has the guts to truly end at the best possible moment,” according to Vox’s website.

“I’m pleased,” Hjorth said. “It ended well. Some who read the books might disagree, but, for me, it was a pleasant ending.”

Parker Moore, a freshman studying business management, disagreed. He said he felt Gale should have ended up with Katniss.

“Peeta’s a little punk,” Moore said. “He doesn’t do anything. But, overall, the movie was well done.”