The Hunger Games franchise is the latest passenger on the “let’s split our final chapter into two films” bandwagon when it really didn’t need to.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 continues the story of Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) and her involvement in the rebellion against President Snow in the capitol after being a contestant in the 74th and 75th annual Hunger Games as she (and a team of soldiers) slowly build their way toward the center of the city that hates them.
When it was announced that the final book in The Hunger Games series was to be split into two movies, I instantly assumed that it was purely because the studio knew they could make double the profit. But if you feel that you absolutely need to split it into two films, at least DIVIDE THE ACTION EVENLY BETWEEN THE TWO FILMS YOU OBLIVIOUSLY OBVIOUS CASH-GRABBERS!
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 progressed little-to-nowhere in the story and made it blatantly clear that Mockingjay should’ve been made into one long film to present the entire book. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 does however make up for this absence of eventfulness from Part 1.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 isn’t actually one of the fight-to-the-death competitions that we know and love, it’s an adventure film taking place in the same fictional world as those fight-to-the-death competitions. But when a character randomly says “Welcome to the 76th Annual Hunger Games”, it feels like the writers were trying to trick us into believing this could substitute for the competition. I’m not saying the competition is better but at least be honest about what your (the writer’s) story is.
There are also some other parts of the story that feel forced however I won’t go in-depth on those details as I would be spoiling the movie for you.
On the technical side, the acting is okay and the directing is nothing too special. But then again, these films are about the story. And in the case of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the story is good.
Is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 better than Part 1? Yes.
Is it a deadly competition film? No.
Is it a good action/adventure film? Yes.
Does it have it’s faults? Yes.
Should you go see it? Yes (if you liked the first two).
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