The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – Should I Watch It?

Intro to… The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Katniss and her PR team must travel through a deadly maze to kill an elderly man.

The Plot
The entire nation of Panem is in full stage rebellion. The districts have come together and are about to launch their attack on The Capitol. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is eager to join the battle but President Coin (Julianne Moore) orders her to stand down. Her role as the Mockingjay is deemed too important.

But Katniss ignores her and hides on one of the airplanes headed for the rebel base near the soon-to-be battlefield. Here she meets up with Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and most of the other newly introduced characters of the previous movie. They form a squad and head towards the Capitol, eager to conquer the city and kill President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Should I Watch It?
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is the fourth and final movie of the Hunger Games trilogy. It shows the battle for The Capitol, which ultimately decides the future direction of Panem.

When it started I thought there was going to be action straight of the bat, but the first half actually moved a bit sluggish. Much like the first two movies, the first half exists of mostly exposition. But the instant the second half starts, the focus drastically shifts.

The action scenes are exciting, well choreographed, and accompanied by an exhilarating music score. Katniss and her squad are in constant danger, and you keep expecting them to fall into a trap. The only weak point is that the other members of the squad are all very bland and underdeveloped. When one gets killed off you hardly feel their loss, with the exception of maybe one or two. They are as much cannon fodder as the boy contestant of district 7. Who? Exactly

Every actor delivers a strong performance. By now the actors are obviously familiar with playing their characters, and it really shows. There is not a single weak performance. I especially liked Donald Sutherland, the man has such a sinister smile. It is too bad Ceasar Flickerman had to look worn down by the war and the constant announcements, because I would have loved to see another energetic routine from Stanley Tucci.

To be honest, I was a bit disappointed by the first half, not because it was not done well, but because I felt that an entire movie of exposition should be sufficient of a build up. I also still think that splitting the final book into two was the wrong decision, with a bit of editing they could have easily made one really compelling final chapter. But Mockingjay Part 2 strongly picks up its pace in the second half and brings a greatly satisfying conclusion to an overall engaging trilogy.

Yes, watch it.

Hi guys, I hope you enjoyed reading this review. If you have any comments or suggestions on what I should watch next let me know in the comment section below.

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4 responses to “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 – Should I Watch It?”

  1. rlterry1 says :

    An accurate portrait of the film! Quite similar to the elements I also highlighted. Thanks for the insight! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Remco says :

      Thanks! I also quite enjoyed your review. I liked the fact that even though I read the books and you did not we still seemed to have experienced the film in a relatively similar manner. That is actually a pretty impressive accomplishment of Francis Lawrence.

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  2. alexdneagoe says :

    I saw this last week and I’m planning to write a review as well. It kinda disappointed me as well. I expected more from it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Remco says :

      Yeah, the anticipation towards seeing these movies have always exceeded the result. But they are always decent, have multiple layers, and it is just fun to see one of the franchises I love being brought to film. I’m looking forward to your review!!

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