A lot of people have been anticipating the release of this movie. Including me!
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 opens today in theatres nationwide with lots of excitement about seeing the final movie in the series. I mean, who doesn’t want to see Katniss kick some butt?
Note: This post contains some plot details about the movie. No major spoilers though.
For the set-up, here’s the 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.
I’ve read all the books, so I know how the story goes. Regardless of whether you’ve read the books or not, it’s pretty necessary to have seen Mockingjay Part 1 to really capture the full story. Part 2 jumps RIGHT in to Katniss trying to speak after a recovery period. What’s she recovering from? Oh, you know, that time Peeta tried to kill her.
Katniss has it in her mind to kill Snow herself, but she ends up sticking with a unit from District 13 for a good part of the movie, a unit that ventures to the Capitol trying to free the citizens of Panem. Overall, the movie lacks the non-stop action of the past movies, but her unit has some pretty suspenseful moments. I found myself with my hands anxiously moving around because I just KNEW something was about to happen. Of course, I was right.
With there being an all-out war, lives are lost. Quite a few. But the movie stays true to the book. I even heard some hard sobs in the theatre during a part or two.
At times I wished there was more action during the movie. A decent bit of the movie focused on the Peeta-Gale-Katniss love triangle, which some may or may not like. But overall, there were some strong moments in the movie. And even though I knew what was coming having read the books, I felt all the feels.
Regardless of its slower pace, any Hunger Games fan will leave the theatre with some closure. Let me know what you think if you go see it!
Director: Francis Lawrence
Release Date: November 20, 2015
Run time: 2 hours 17 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13