The Mockery that is “Mockingjay: Part 2”

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The Mockery that is “Mockingjay: Part 2”

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As many of you know, the final installment of The Hunger Games series, “Mockingjay Part 2” made its debut on November 20 and, like many others, I was excited to go and see how the young adult thriller would conclude. So, along with a few friends, I went to the 9:00 pm premiere full of hope.

As the lights dimmed, so many thoughts of excitement raced through my mind: “How will they pick up after part 1?” “How accurate to the book will it be?” “How will they portray the deaths of certain characters?” Of course as the movie progressed, these thoughts were answered. However, by the time the movie ended, what was once excitement for me had turned into shocking disappointment.

The fact of the matter was, this movie, while truthful to the book, was too slow. For a two hour movie, only about 45 minutes were action packed. The rest was basically filled with dialogue and dramatic pauses. Don’t get me wrong, the actors were excellent. Jennifer Lawrence was slaying it as Katniss and Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth were both on point as Katniss’ rival love interests, Peeta and Gale.

But the actual story lacked interest. Which, to some extent, is expected considering they split the book right down the middle, leaving very little action for both Mockingjay parts to work with. And, in my opinion, the parts that were addressed in “Mockingjay Part 2” were done so quite poorly.

***SPOILER ALERT DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ MOCKINGJAY OR WATCHED “MOCKINGJAY PART 2”***

For instance, the scene of Prim’s (Willow Shields) shocking death was very sudden and the next few scenes following it sort of glazed over that major event to the point where I almost questioned whether she really did die. And the scenes concluding the movie were so predictable and boring that I was waiting out the ending. Like when Katniss finally had the chance to execute President Snow (Donald Sutherland) but kills President Coin (Julianne Moore) instead. Coin was standing right over Snow unarmed and unprotected practically begging for Katniss to off her. I mean, Coin might as well have worn a sign that said “opens 6pm on Thanksgiving” because she was quite obviously a target.

Overall, the movie was not what I expected and in no way reached the hype that a movie series finale should. Granted, there were good parts of the movie in which I was actually engaged and interested. But those parts only make up about half of the movie while the rest was simply unnecessary filler. Now I have loved and enjoyed The Hunger Games series both books and movies alike and if they hadn’t split up Mockingjay into two parts, I wholeheartedly believe that the movie would have been the great finale that the franchise deserves. However, this isn’t the case and what we are left with is an ending that I can only describe as… anticlimactic. I would give this movie a C

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