The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Has Tons of Great Scenes and a Satisfying Ending to Boot

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Alright, I am going to be upfront with you… I went into this movie thinking I wouldn’t like the ending. Why you ask? Because I do not remember liking the ending in the book. It has been a while, however so I could just be remembering it wrong. However, Mockingjay Part 2 was awesome– probably the best in the entire franchise and it even had a solid-ending that I enjoyed to boot! This movie picks up immediately after the events of the first film, but the tone and elements of the film are very different. I was actually a little disappointed with part 1 because nothing really happened… it was slow-paced and uneventful and there was far too much dialogue. I mean… I get it…. I know why it was that way. It was a movie made purely for set up, for the finale, that was its reason for exiting (other than the studios wanting to squeeze every dime out of this franchise), but that doesn’t mean I have to be happy with it.

Hunger-Games-Mockingjay-part-2-trailer-header-700x300But that annoyance has a lot of payoff in this film– because we got through all of the long dialogue and set-ups, this movie is primarily about the action. And the action scenes are done extremely well in this movie! Also, the character of Peeta Mellark was almost non-existent in part 1, but his plays a big part in part 2 and his character is probably the most interesting in the movie because he has to deal with the hatred and paranoia for Katniss that the capital tortured into Peeta as well as the very real love he has for her. It is interesting to see how he battles those two opposing ideas in his head throughout the movie… I just with I could have seen more of it.

Synopsis

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Realizing the stakes are no longer just for survival, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) teams up with her closest friends, including Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and Finnick for the ultimate mission. Together, they leave District 13 to liberate the citizens of war-torn Panem and assassinate President Snow, who’s obsessed with destroying Katniss. What lies ahead are mortal traps, dangerous enemies and moral choices that will ultimately determine the future of millions.

Thoughts

The-Hunger-Games-Mockingjay-Part-2-monster-teethOne of the best elements in this movie is how they handled Katniss’s war with the capital. In this film, she decides to take a small band of military-men with her to assassinate President Snow once and for all, believing that killing him is the only way to stop the needless war. When they get there, they find out that the capital has many traps and techniques in place to kill them designed by the very same people who designed the traps and whatnot in the Hunger Games. I like this for two main reasons… (1) it combines elements from the Games seen in the first two films with the warfare we get to see in part 1. (2) it gives many parts of the movie a horror or suspense feel that you do not really get from the first few movies. You find yourself constantly on the edge of your seat not knowing where the capital will strike next or what torture device they have come up with next.  Parts honestly felt like a classic horror film… you know… where the main protagonists hears a noise in a dark room and she goes in and your brain is screaming “OMG DON’T GO IN THERE! WHY ARE YOU STILL GOING IN THERE??? OMG GO GET A FRIEND!”…yeah…. it feels like that. Loved it!

Peeta-LeegsAdditionally, I loved seeing Peeta’s (Josh Hutcherson) struggle with either loving or deeply hating Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence). He recognizes pretty early in the film that the capital had implanted false memories within him, but he still has trouble telling them apart. He constantly asks Katniss and others “Is ‘X’ real or imagined” and throughout the movie his feeling bounce from utter hatred and disdain for Katniss, to deep love and admiration. He slowly goes towards the latter, but every once in a while something snaps and he reverts back. Hutcherson shows a low of depth and ability in this role that we had not been able to see much of in previous Hunger Games films as his main role was to be a supporting cast that filled out the quota in the “love triangle”.  What is even more interesting is that Peeta may, in fact, have cause to dislike her…. maybe not hate or kill her but she definitely is sort of bitch to him in the first half of this movie. She believes him to no longer be the Peeta she once knew and often looks at him with disgust or disdain. That, on top of her toying with both Peeta and Gales emotions– kissing them both in this film and in previous films gives him pretty just cause for hating her under any circumstances.president-coin-capitol

Another character that was done actually better than in the books is President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore). Oh… and there are some spoilers if you have not read the books so… year… you have been warned….. Anyways, in the books, she didn’t seem so obviously evil… And I don’t mean that the movie sort of beat you over the head with it… I mean that up until the end where the main character realizes she is evil, I had not real idea that she was. So in the book it sort of felt like a twist just for the sake of having a twist. What I like about the movie is that they did a good job with foreshadowing her character enough for you to realize it. You sort of see the change in her character when she is first reaching out to Katniss for help until the end where she becomes a sort of pseudo evil dictator. She even has the evil outfit ready to go at the end of the film. It is a small note, but I just like how her character was written in the movies more than how she was written in the book.

downloadAlso am I the only one who thinks that President Snow is the best character in this series? And that Donald Sutherland is made to play this character? Everytime he is on screen as President Snow, he steals the show. He is dark and menacing and imposing but does it with such style and grace I cannot help but think…”yeah… I’d probably follow that evil dictator…” hes amazing and I love seeing him in the role!

Another thing they did better than the book was the ending. Now… I could be wrong… but when I read the book I remember hating the ending because it felt like she sort of settled for one of the characters in the end. One of them was out of the picture so it felt sort of lackluster especially after building up romance for so long in the books. Part of why I felt this way was because of how the ending was written… Katniss kills Coin and the book sort of jumps to them in the future. It felt like the writer just wanted to pick a stopping point for the book. In the move however, it shows the two characters falling in love again and they build it up, even though it is very brief, so that their love feels more solid…more right. It just filled me with the warm-and-fuzzies.

mockingjay111But this movie is filled with a lot to enjoy. It was action packed, thrilling, scary and had some solid character development to boot. It is my favorite movie of the Hunger Games franchise and was a solid end to the saga. It is good to see a film that has a definitive and unambiguous ending that isn’t overly cheesy and Mockingjay part 2 definitely pulled that off. I am sad to see the series end, but glad to see that it finished strong!

Also, I demand more Haymich!

And if you would like to see our video review, go here!

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