The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Director: Francis Lawrence
Writer: Peter Craig, Danny Strong
Based on: Suzanne Collins’ novel (the second half)
Sequel to: The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald SutherlandPhilip Seymour HoffmanJulianne Moore, Stanley Tucci, Sam Claflin, Jena MaloneWillow ShieldsPaula Malcomson, Mahershala Ali, Jeffrey Wright, Natalie Dormer, Gwendoline Christie
Seen on: 22.11.2015

Plot [with Spoilers for everything up until this part]:
Still reeling from brainwashed Peeta’s (Josh Hutcherson) attack on her, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has no chance of really gathering herself. Instead she shoots promo videos for the rebellion and their cause. As outright war with the Capitol becomes ever more likely, Katniss decides that she has to put an end to things and the only way it will end is if Katniss kills President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

My expectations were pretty low for this final installation in the series since the second half of the last book was the weakest part of the series by far and that was the only thing that was left to bring to the screen. But Mockingjay Part 2 turned out to be better than I expected.

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Better than expected in this case certainly doesn’t mean that the film is perfect. Much like the second half of the book, Part 2 is too long and I stuggled with my suspense of disbelief. That the entire Capitol is boobietrapped is just too much of a stretch and the film didn’t manage to sell it to me any more than the book did.

But one of the biggest problems the film had was its ending where Katniss becomes reduced to a faded pink copy of herself, a serenely smiling mother. Not that I liked it very much in the book to begin with, but without Katniss’ inner monologue that shows her ambivalence about her own 50s housewifeyness, the ending feels more like a parody than anything else. It certainly doesn’t provide a satisfying end point for a character like Katniss.

mockingjaypart2-1That being said, though, the film did keep me engaged for long stretches (especially whenever Peeta and Effie were featured) and the end of the conflict did carry the necessary emotional oomph. The cast is simply great and I loved how they managed to include Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Plutarch, even though it is sometimes pretty obvious that they had to work with archive footage.

And even though the film certainly isn’t great or awesome, altogether it managed to provide a good ending to a big series. I can understand people being disappointed by it but since I was forewarned by the books that the story just gets progressively weaker, I was content with what I got.

mockingjaypart2-2Summarizing: Not a bad end point for the series.

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