Will I be satisfied with the final Hunger Games movie? Mockingjay Part 2 review

It’s out! It’s finally out! The Mockingjay Part 2 hit theaters across the country today.
spoiler alertHow was it? Is it totally awesome?

Well yes and no. See here’s the thing. I was seriously underwhelmed by the third book. I was satisfied by the story’s closing but it just didn’t have the finesse and pizzazz that the first two books had. So the movie? Pretty much the same thing.

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Unlike other movie sequels, this one might be hard for a newcomer to pick up easily. The movie starts with Katniss trying to regain her voice after Peeta tries to strangle her to death in Part 1. The rebels in District 13 are concerned that Katniss may not be able to continue her role as the symbol of the rebellion against the Capitol.

But of course, she recovers to march forward against President Snow (played by Donald Sutherland, who is delightfully evil). I expected a hugely epic final battle, but it took a long time to get us there. There was a little too much focus on the Katniss/Gale/Peeta love triangle. The books made it seem like Gale’s feelings for Katniss took a back seat to the rebellion, but the movie has him a bit like a sad puppy dog. I prefer him more like a stoic soldier.

There were also several scenes that dragged a bit, much like in Part 1 (read my thoughts on that one here). But there were moments of greatness; don’t you worry. The dialogue between Katniss and Johanna Mason (played by Jena Malone) made for my favorite moments in the movie.

The final scenes provide satisfaction and closure. No, the movie was not the fast-paced, action movie that I wanted it to be, but I wasn’t expecting it. The book gave me the heads up on the direction it would take.

But all in all, it was an entertaining movie. Hunger Games fans will leave the theater pleased.

SYNOPSIS

The blockbuster Hunger Games franchise has taken audiences by storm around the world, grossing more than $2.2 billion at the global box office. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 now brings the franchise to its powerful final chapter in which Katniss Everdeen [Jennifer Lawrence] realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival – they are for the future.

With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow [Donald Sutherland] in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale [Liam Hemsworth], Finnick [Sam Claflin] and Peeta [Josh Hutcherson] – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her.  The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.

Mockingjay Part 2 is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and for some thematic material. It has a run time of 136 minutes.

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