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Movie Review: The Hunger Games Mockingjay: Part 2

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

the hunger games mockingjay part 2 movie review


As a Movie

Read the past reviews: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay: Part 1

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 highlights:

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.

OVERALL:

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.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • http://zeitzulesen.blogspot.de/ Kati

    You name it! I can only agree to your review. I watched it just yesterday and HIGHLY enjoyed it. Found it very enthralling – I had to hold my breath a lot of times 😉 and I do like Peeta very much though I am sorry for Gale as well. The ending (with Prim) was very sad and the whole cinema was crying. The only thing that I did not like was this lookout into the future where Kat holds her child…. It would have been better to end the movie when she climed into Peetas bed at the end … Anyhow, great movie adaption!

    Have a nice weekend
    Kati

  • Amy

    Honestly, if it weren’t for Part 1, I don’t think Part 2 would have had the same punch. Part 1 was a real let down, making me almost not want to watch Part 2. However, I did because I NEEDED to know. And I was both surprised and not surprised. It was amazing! But how could I expect anything less? Now that the last book has been wrapped up, I think the whole series won’t be forgotten.

    If you think about the Divergent Series, too much information and action is packed in, which makes me want to watch it once, reflect on it for a few weeks, then not think about it for the rest of the year until the next one comes out. With the slow, realistic pace (and occasional lagging) of the HG films, I got the take in everything as it happened. I feel it will stick with me and it will always feel the urge to restart the series. I won’t let it get dusty on the shelf.