Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2
After the anticlimax that was Mockingjay Part 1, which inevitably seemed like only half a movie, Mockingjay Part 2 turns out to be a proper send-off. It is more of a full-blown war movie than a teen adventure picture. Instead of Big Brother-style games, the last challenge for Katniss Everdeen is to topple the great dictator, President Snow himself. Destroying him turns out to be far more challenging for Katniss than winning the Hunger Games themselves.
The new film starts with a traumatized Katniss with her neck in a brace and barely able to speak. To compound her misery, Peeta, who has been tortured and brainwashed by Snow, thinks she is a monster. She is not sure that he is too far from wrong.
Together with Gale, Finnick and other allies, Katniss ventures to the Capitol. She is supposed to be part of the propaganda drive by the rebels as they seek to liberate the citizens of Panem. However, her real intention is to make Snow pay for all the suffering she has endured.
In the earlier films, Katniss was buffeted along, reacting to events over which she had no control. Now, finally, she is firmly on the front foot. Lawrence again shows the character’s doubt as well as her courage and later on, in another scene with the woebegone cat Buttercup, the explosive grief that she feels. The difference here now is that she is the one making the decisions.
This film really feels like a proper ending, and was extremely good for a movie based on a young adult novel. Definitely worth a watch whilst you can!
Well done and not too young adult themed, worth a watch for all ages, and a very satisfying end to the saga!