Movie Review: Mockingjay – Part 2

mockingjayWith the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale, Finnick, and Peeta – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.

I remember loving Mockingjay Part 1 when I watched it 18 months ago. Yet, Part 2 didn’t meet my expectations. The intensity that is so key to the other movies is missing, and the movie didn’t feel half as exciting as it could have been. I was debating whether to even review this movie as I hate writing reviews where all I’m doing is complaining, but because I’ve reviewed the other three movies, I figured I might as well close off the series.

Just to let you know in advance, I’m not interested in whether movies are identical to the books they are based off. So long as they stay true to the spirit of the book and take on the same themes and ideas in the same way, I’m all for changing things in the interest of making a good movie.

It wasn’t a terrible movie, there are some interesting action scenes, but apart from that, there is very little character development or plot. Scenes that should be highly emotional fall flat, while illogical plot holes ruin the storyline. A lot of interesting characters are also missing for the majority of the movie, only making small appearances.

Barely anything new is brought up in this movie, even though there were some topics that could have been expanded on. *Highlight to view spoilers – if you haven’t read the book don’t read *. For example, the part where you find out Coin’s true nature could have been developed a little more, rather that being rushed along.  I was also expecting Prim’s death to be much more central to the movie along with a discussion about the line that must be drawn in warfare. This was the important part of the second half of the book, understanding that Coin was just as evil and Snow, just in a different way, but it never gets developed. Rather, these parts that are so crucial to the story are rushed through, leaving a lot of boring filler scenes to compose the rest of the movie.

I understand they wanted to split the last book into two to make more money off of it, but while it worked for the first half, part two just fell apart. It would have been best as one movie, but it really could have worked in two parts, leaving me wondering why it went so wrong.


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