The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Posted in Reviews, Top Stories by - November 20, 2015
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

What can one expect, going into the last film of a series based on a book? It’s been proven over and over, split the last movie into two, twice the fun, twice the money. The consumers eat it up, the box office numbers prove that. The “fluff” packed into Mockingjay Part 2 – and Part 1 to be fair – would be nothing short of appalling, if it wasn’t entirely expected.

Mockingjay Part 2 takes over exactly where Part 1 takes off, and only takes a few footsteps forward from that. We follow Katiness, played by the wonderful Jennifer Lawrence, lead the rebellion through danger, violence, and treachery on their way to do the deed she was born to do. Throughout Mockingjay Part 2, Katnis continues to be a icon for the rebellion, she continues to toy with the love both Peeta(Josh Hutcherson) and Gale(Liam Hemsworth) have for her, but she also fails to evolve into anything more than we already know her to be. We all love her and we don’t need her to change one bit, but I must say I wish there would have been another layer to her. Gale turns from the hunk we all knew Katnis really loves, into a mindless soldier undeserving of admiration, and Peeta, when not trying to kill Katnis, fights for Katnis’ love as he always has: awkwardly and with a lack of confidence.

We see a sprinkle of personality from a dozen different characters throughout the film, such as Finnick Odair(Sam Claflin), Cressida(Natalie Dormer), and Johanna Mason(Jena Malone), who collectively add a bit of charm to this film. Characters such as Haymitch(Woody Harrelson), Effie(Elizabeth Banks), and Caesar(Stanley Tucci) make appearances in roles not necessary to the plot line, but enough to quench our thirst for their presence. President Coin, played by the ever talented Julianne Moore, gives us the diversity of character we needed throughout the narrative, and may or may not turn out to be the bitch we’ve always suspected her to be. It was also delightful to see that they got enough footage of Philip Seymour Hoffman playing Plutarch Heavensbee before his tragic passing, and the film does well to server as what might be his last credited role.

Mockingjay part 2 does have a lot of what we were hoping for, and came up big when it comes to cinematography and special effects. The action scenes are impeccable and full of suspense, and the back-end of this movie is exceptionally done; with the scenery and costume design embodying perfection. We experience scenes of dull dialog, followed by incredible danger and enthralling sequences of unique monsters and threats, and that’s a tribute to the editing team for making the most out of a film that arguably should never have been made. The one major hole in this film is the lack of character development. This is not due to characters lack of evolution throughout the series, as we’ve seen plenty of that. The problem is that we have indeed seen it already, the characters were fully developed by this point in the franchise. The events leading up to the ending we daunting at times, but as someone who had not read the books, the ending was satisfying, though anticipated.

This film does what it set out to do. It provides us with another Hunger Games movie, another two hours of entertainment, and it will be greatly rewarded in the box office, there’s no disputing that. What I’m wondering is: Are we really gaining 2 more hours of film though, or are we sitting through 2 hours of fluff spread between two films. The overwhelming fact unfortunately, is that The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2 proved the latter. Overall it was nice to see Katnis put the final arrow through this franchise, and while it’s not a great film, it’s a must see if you’ve watched the others.

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2 Comments on "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2"

  • Raymond Stone

    In it to WIN it! Thank You!

  • blyskalp

    Great Sweeps keep up the good work.

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