The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 fairs better than Part 1, with more action and a concluding story that should please die-hard fans, but bore the rest with its repetitive and shallow drama that tries stirring in post-apocalyptic politics with teenage love.
Finally, director Francis Lawrence concludes The Hunger Games, with the lengthy Mockingjay – Part 2. Part 2 definitely amps up the action from the boring and lackluster Part 1, while providing audiences around the world with a satisfying conclusion that is sure to please fans. Everyone else should stay clear of this film though, because it fixes very little from the previous entries.
Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and friends have finally reached their end journey. They’ve taken the never-ending fight to The Capitol and now President Snow (Donald Sutherland) has literally nowhere else to hide.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 concludes the widely popular series in a way that is surely going to please fans of the books, which have all but agreed that the third book was garbage. I’ve never bothered reading any of them, but I’ve been told that this film inserts more than a few new scenes to help tie things together and end the series on a more cinematic note.
This film is also a cold reminder that we absolutely do not need two part finales, especially when the first part does absolutely nothing with its bloated runtime and never-ending cast list.
Part 1 was a failure of a film because it never bothered doing anything important with Katniss and instead had her sit on the sidelines while things slowly (and I do mean slowly) came to a simmer, not a boil.
It was all filler, leading up to even more filler in Part 2, mixed with some decently-filmed action and a fitting conclusion to the series.
I think fans are going to enjoy this one no matter what I say, so perhaps reading this review might be a little pointless? You’re going to see this one anyways, so why even bother?
If you’re still reading, then just know that Part 2 does very little to fix situations that plagued Part 1. The film is still slow-moving and 35-45 minutes too long, only this time director Francis Lawrence decides to throw in an action scene or two to ease us impatient viewers.
The rest of the film dives headfirst into the teenage love story. mixed with some shallow post-apocalyptic politics that sings on deaf ears.
The Hunger Games is a series that just doesn’t deserve this much attention, not to mention over-budgeted sequels.
Catching Fire was a tense and thrilling entry in the series, while the first film roughly and rather blandly introduced us to the world of Panem.
Seriously, I loved Catching Fire, despite thinking that the first film was a giant waste of time. There’s just something about the edge-of-your-seat action that makes that film work and work well, but that all got thrown away with Part 1 and Part 2 barely makes things better.
Jennifer Lawrence is now playing an actual human puppet, with real working hands and eyes that blink. She occasionally emotes through the use of tears, but mostly just looks at Josh Hutcherson‘s Peeta with blank eyes.
Hutcherson is no gift from the heavens either, constantly reminding us that there is an actual walking and breathing definition of the word “emo”. He never does stop crying or complaining about something that happened FIVE MOVIES AGO. Okay, maybe not five, but Peeta sure knows how to hold a grudge far past expiration.
The rest of the colorful (hair-wise) cast chimes in with 30 second to 3 minutes worth of insight or advice for Katniss to take, which she rarely does.
Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland and Julianne Moore all fail miserably at taking a shit franchise and elevating it beyond the toilet seat.
Sadly, the only real winning performance comes from a post-mortem Philip Seymour Hoffman. He gives the film a certain type of class that is not to be compared or topped. Yet even he seems remotely disinterested in his character’s involvement. I’m not sure how much of the film (if any) was shot with him or using stuntmen and CG work, but Hoffman definitely eases back and yet still carries the film from a performance standpoint.
There’s no surprises or shocks in store for fans excited to finally close out that Hunger Games chapter of their lives. Mockingjay – Part 2 ends on the safest and dullest of notes, reminding us all what it feels like to waste over six hours of our lives on a series that only had one good entry.
Skip Part 2, Part 1 and The Hunger Games while we’re at it and instead shoot straight for Catching Fire. There’s no need to consider this an actual franchise of films when you can save yourself the time and money by watching Catching Fire and forever thinking of it as a one-off film based on a popular series of young adult novels.
Sometimes lightning only strikes once.