Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
The final installment in the Hunger Games trilogy Mockingjay the book was split into 2 films. It has been a year since the cliffhanger Mockingjay Pt 1 was released and the conclusion for the non-book readers provides an interesting ride.
I admit I never finished the books. I abandoned Catching Fire because I just couldn’t get into in. It was easier to have a friend explain it to me over lunch. Regardless I did enjoy the film. I enjoyed Mockingjay pt 1. Part 2 seems scattered to the point of confusion in some ways before getting to its satisfying end. Characters are introduced and disappear with a strange speed. I expected more Annie time considering they went thru the whole Finnick (Sam Claflin) wedding sequence. Gwendoline Christie makes a brief appearance as the Commander in charge of the Resistance for District 2. Mahershala Ali continues to be exactly what you need as Boggs, but then he’s gone too soon. They only really spent time getting more involved with Pollux and Castor but even that was thin. The triangle with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and still confused Peeta didn’t even feel heartfelt anymore. The focus seemed to be more on assault on The Capitol and making that visually entertaining with the obstacles the gameskeepers throw at the assault team.
Mockingjay Pt 2 tries to be a lot of different things at once. There’s so much coming at you, you try to figure out timelines and wonder why Johanna (Jena Malone) still doesn’t have more hair and then you have a lot of “ooh shiny” moments. Did I love it? No Mockingjay Pt 1 was superior to me this seemed like it was racing to the finish. I spent more time wondering if there were scenes that Philip Seymour Hoffman wasn’t able to finish so they were changed near the end.
Mockingjay Pt 2 has its problems but they aren’t severe enjoy to derail the whole film. The break-neck pacing keeps you from feelings its 2+ hours run time and according to the book fan I brought along with me she felt it flowed similar to the book. While I did at least enjoy it, I don’t feel it was the best film in the series. It made me appreciate Part 1 more than I originally did. Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson and Donald Sutherland also star.
My Rating: Matinee
Director: Francis Lawrence
Release Date: November 20, 2015
Run time: 2 hours 17 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13