Well this is it: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 2 is over. I’m honestly sad to see this franchise come to a close.
I guess there’s always the theme park…
Movie Review: The Hunger Games Mockingjay: Part 2
As a Movie
While Mockingjay: Part 1 was kind of a waste, Part 2 is the saving grace. I thought the movie was very well done, wrapping up the loose ends in a satisfying (if sad) way.
The action. Mockingjay: Part 1 was a build-up to this movie. It contained little action, a lot of crying and terrible contacts for Julianne Moore (President Coin). Finally in Part 2 we have things BLOWING up, narrow ESCAPES and unfortunate DEATHS.
All that was much needed (except the deaths part). There were so many times I was holding my breath or just covering my mouth to avoid screaming out loud (because I’m naturally jumpy).
The acting. Per usual, JLaw completely gets Katniss – her reserve, her outbursts, her sense of justice. I have really enjoyed her portrayal of this character throughout every film.
Speaking of acting, I don’t know if this was just me, but I never bought Donald Sutherland as President Snow. He always seems too nice…maybe because he constantly seems to be smiling? This role as Mr. Bennett in the Kira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice throws me off too. I wish he’d seemed more straight up evil instead of friendly with a penchant for killing.
Well balanced. I think this final movie was perfectly paced. Even the quiet moments were still charged with emotional tension. Every scene felt important and purposeful, unlike Part 1.
As a fan of the books and the movies, I was very happy with how Mockingjay: Part 2 ended.
As a Book Adaption
Find a great summary and chapter break down of Mockingjay here.
Per usual, my mind was fuzzy with sharp details from the book, but I knew the general sense of what the movie should have included.
Mockingjay: Part 2 did a surprisingly great job staying true to Mockningjay, the novel. Even details I was sure were wrong were actually right.
The key plot points to get right in this film were Katniss and her final decisions and the book’s prologue. Both were executed extremely well, and I was honestly impressed with the wrap up.
With so many dystopian YA books becoming movies, to me these films are the golden standard. The acting, costumes, comedic relief and general “true-ness” to the story have set the bar very high. I’m sad to say goodbye, but I’m thrilled The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 ended on a very strong note.