The first Hunger Games book (and the movie) are written in such a way that some people might secretly think about it all in a sugary way..."Sure the games are a terrible idea...but it all is kind of romantic"
However, the final installment is the whole point - look at what war does - so many people die - it's horrible - there's nothing romantic at all about war. Collins delivers an intentionally violent and deadly punch in the gut with the final book because war is a violent and deadly punch in the gut
2) We are the capital
Gale has a line in the film when they spend a night hiding in a capital home. He eats some of the food, which is way better than anything he's ever tasted, and says something to the effect of "I'm starting to understand why the people who live in the capital are the way they are. If I had food like this, I'd go along with whatever else was happening too."
We ARE the capital. The money we spend on hair and makeup and fashion would literally feed the rest of the world
|this add from cover girl makes the point perfectly|
3) The ends do not justify the means
The only place that says this is ALWAYS the case is the Catholic Church. The Hunger Games reinforce that. There is a scene where lots of innocent civilians are killed, and it is done, by the rebels, under the pretense that it will save lives in the long run. The beautiful and Catholic point is made in the book and the film - that under that type of logic anyone could kill anyone else whenever they wanted if they just came up with a good explanation for what MIGHT happen in the future
4) There are evil people on both sides of any war
So often people forget this. The Hunger Games reminds us of this very perfectly.
5) We humans have VERY short memories
Toward the end of the film, as peace is being established, the following dialogue says it nicely
“Are you preparing for another war, Plutarch?" I ask.
"Oh, not now. Now we're in a sweet period where everyone agrees that our recent horrors should never be repeated," he says. "But collective thinking is usually short-lived. We're fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self-destruction. Although who knows? Maybe this will be it.”