It’s the end of another era. I was excited to see the conclusion of another great book to movie series but it was also really sad. I remember reading the first Hunger Games novel when I was still in high school. I said goodbye to the illustrious characters and world that Suzanne Collins created in the novels, as well as the visualized world of Panem created by the various directors and teams that have produced the Hunger Games films.
I skipped the bustle of opening night and went on Friday in the afternoon. I’m glad for it because the theater was practically empty so we got prime spots and didn’t have to worry about annoying theater patrons. But enough about the experience, let’s jump right into the review!
Mockingjay part 2 is the turning point for the imbalance of power in Panem. The capitol is finally held accountable for the decades of suffering that they have put the outer districts through. At the end of the film the struggle between the revolution and the capitol finally comes to an end.
Consequences and loss are two of the main themes in part 2. Katniss, a reluctant hero, faces the consequences of her actions and her role as a catalyst for change. We also see the many consequences of war, in particular the loss of human life. As the death toll rises the characters struggle with the blood on their hands and the lines that they are willing to cross in order to free the citizens of Panem.
There was so much suspense in this film, and the pace was spot on. The slower portions wrapped up the story lines and built anticipation for the more suspenseful scenes that followed.The special effects and action sequences were visually stunning and had me on the edge of my seat.
The performances from the cast were outstanding. Jennifer Lawrence shined in the previous films but she gave Katniss an astounding final performance in Mockingjay part 2. Her character went through so many emotions and she portrayed them all with grace. In this film we really saw why Lawrence garnered so much buzz in Hollywood. It wasn’t because she was witty and beautiful; she captured the attention of audiences and critics because she’s a damn good actress.
Josh Hutcherson gave an unremarkable performance that didn’t disappoint or exceed my expectations. However, I felt that Liam Hemsworth stood out. Gale became darker which was much more interesting than his previous role of supportive best friend. Hemsworth did a great job of portraying how war and resentment can change a person.
Philip Seymour Hoffman gave the final performance of his life in this film. He didn’t have an abundance of scenes but he portrayed Plutarch with depth and mystery. His character has been a guiding force within the series working quietly behind the scenes silently steering the shift of power in Panem and that’s exactly what he did in this film.
Mockingjay part 2 was everything that I wanted and more from the final Hunger Games film. I highly recommend that you see it in theaters in order to get the full effect. If you do see it in theaters I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! May the odds be ever in your favor!
My ranking of the Hunger Games film series
- Catching Fire
- Mockingjay Part 2
- The Hunger Games
- Mockinjay Part 1
Which film was your favorite?