The final instalment of the Hunger Games picks up from Mockingjay – Part 1.
Upon recovery from Peeta’s (Josh Hutcherson) attack, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) rejoins her fellow rebels with Gale (Liam Hemsworth) by her side, as they take the rebellion to President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and the Capitol.
With many lives lost along the way, Katniss eventually takes it upon herself to see the end of the tyrannical reign over everyone in Panem – even if it means going against orders.
Seeing the old gang back together on-screen again gave me goosebumps. Being a loyal fan of the books, I wasn’t too happy at first about them splitting Mockingjay into two movies.
I was one of those people who was rather all right with sitting in the cinema for three-plus hours just so I can watch it as a whole. But I’m glad they didn’t listen to people like me because this epic ending was definitely worth the wait – even though Part 2 is more action than dialogue.
In Mockingjay – Part 2, we are introduced to new characters, like the beloved Brienne of Tarth, who makes an appearance as Commander Lyme (Gwendoline Christie).
Alongside Cressida (Natalie Dormer), the two characters would have made a great Game of Thrones reunion. Unfortunately, Lyme only appears for a bit with a few lines and just enough screen time to make an impression.
This actually brings me to my point about the sudden loss of dialogue and shortened screen time from rather important characters, namely Effie (Elizabeth Banks), Primrose (Willow Shields), Plutarch (Phillip Seymour-Hoffman), Finnick (Sam Clafin) and Haymitch (Woody Harrelson).
In exchange, we are given more action scenes with Katniss, Gale and Peeta taking centre-stage. I wasn’t too happy about the abrupt deaths of several (just two, really) beloved characters either. It felt a little rushed and made me feel disconnected to the characters – which wasn’t the case when I was reading the book.
Despite that, Mockingjay – Part 2 had it’s shining moments in the form of their talented cast. Josh’s performance as the very broken Peeta Mellark gave me chills.
The ability to make you feel scared of him and scared for him in a split second is almost too easy for Josh, and just proves this boy has got the acting chops.
Jennifer Lawrence’s heartbreaking performance in one of the scenes towards the end of the movie moved me to tears. The vulnerability she portrays as Katniss makes you feel the pain she’s going through.
It’s also impressive just how well JLaw can cry – I mean, she was full-on ugly crying.
The film also had a moment where it turned from an action-drama movie into a horror movie. And I mean the whole package of a horror movie. The sounds, the tight shots of the character’s faces and even the darkness in tight spaces.
I had never expected to be scared for Katniss in this setting before. It was a little strange but I liked the direction of it.
Overall, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 had its great and bad moments but it definitely didn’t fall short of my expectations.
With the last scene exactly the same as the last pages of Mockingjay (the book), it was truly the perfect ending to a fantastic series, brought to live on the big screens.