“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” Film Review

And so we have the final film of The Hunger Games series.  It’s the end of an exciting time with a Mockingjay – Part 2 that went out with pretty good bang.

The film opens with Katniss (played by Jennifer Lawrence) healing from the choking attack that Peeta (played by Josh Hutcherson) put her through at the end of Part 1, after he was toiled with by the Capitol.  The time has come for all of the Rebels to join forces and take down the President Snow (played by Donald Sutherland) at once.

Katniss wants to be front and center at the battles, as she feels guilty for putting everyone through this turmoil.  President Alma Coin (played by Julianne Moore) is skeptical, but agrees to Katniss going to help take control of District 2 first.

The team, including Gale (played by Liam Hemsworth) and Haymitch (played by Woody Harrelson), join Katniss in District 2, hoping to get shoot some propaganda footage for the Capitol.  Unfortunately Katniss is show when trying to persuade District 2, but survives with a bruised rib. Still, Katniss doesn’t want to give up.  She wants to be the one to take down President Snow.

Much to President Coin’s dismay, Katniss decides to sneak out of District 12 on a supplies vessel and head to war with the others.  Of course a team is assembled to help protect Katniss through the Capitol in order to shoot more footage.  However the team must be careful because President Snow and his team have rallied up the game makers with some tricks throughout the Capitol.  The film leads to thrills and adventures as the Rebels try to reach President Snow and take him down.  It leads to an intense climax that will have you in shock.

Jennifer Lawrence is amazing, as always, giving Katniss an even more emotionally depressed side to herself than before.  However, her emotion is so good and on key because it’s Lawrence.  Josh Hutcherson seems a little off of his game in this Part 2.  The chemistry between him and Lawrence doesn’t seem to work as well as it did in the other films, which is kind of a bummer. The same goes for Hemsworth and Lawrence. The rest of the cast holds their own weight, all doing a fantastic job.  A huge shout out to Patina Miller for being so incredibly good as Commander Paylor.

As for the direction, director Francis Lawrence (Water for Elephants, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1) still does an excellent job with giving us some intense action.  Sure, it’s not as action packed as the previous films due to the emotional state, but it’s thrilling and exciting.

The screenplay from Peter Craig (The Town, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1) and Danny Strong (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1) falters a little due to the romance between Lawrence and her boys, and a few sloppy scene constructions.  There were times where I felt like some things were so rushed and disjointed, but then it turned into something wonderful after that.

Conclusion:

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is not my favorite film of the series, but it’s still an enjoyable conclusion to this excellent series. Jennifer Lawrence shines as always, but the romance and chemistry should have been constructed in a better way.  Rated PG-13.

For me The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is still my favorite film of the series, thanks to the terrific screenplay written by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine). From there, the first film would be my second (thanks to director Gary Ross), followed by Mockingjay – Part 1 and then Mockingjay – Part 2.

4 diamonds

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