❝ As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.❞
I have been looking forward to this final installment for months, and it certainly did not disappoint. Though quite the emotional roller-coaster, Mockingjay Part 2 has brought an end to The Hunger Games series in a spectacular and satisfying way.
Out of all the movies, Mockingjay Part 1 was my least favorite. I did not like some of the changes that were made, that some scenes were omitted. However, Mockingjay Part 2 made up for that completely! To my knowledge (it’s been a while since I’ve read the book), they stayed pretty true to the original plot. Some changes were made, but mostly minor ones, for obvious reasons.
Because they tried to include as much of the book as possible, some scenes felt a bit rushed – especially those during the second half of the movie. In my opinion, some scenes deserved a little more attention, while others – like Snow’s dinner party conversation – could have been shortened a bit.
Mockingjay Part 2 is packed with action. Not only was the cinematography of the action great to watch, the tension kept me on the edge of the seat, even though I knew what was going to happen. I also loved that for all the action, there was equally as much focus on the conflicting emotions of the characters and the effects the war had on them. The message that the original book conveyed was incorporated perfectly in the movie and I think it’s this particular aspect that makes it such a good adaptation.
The acting was once again spot on and spectacular, perhaps even more so than in the previous movies. Josh Hutcherson really moved me with his performance, which was incredibly convincing, as was the case with Jennifer Lawrence and Donald Sutherland. However, other actors such as Sam Claflin, Jena Malone and Elden Henson, who got considerably less screen-time, also put down a great and memorable performance.
Last but not least, the ending was exactly like I envisioned it when I first finished reading Mockingjay many years ago. It was beautiful and a memorable way to conclude The Hunger Games saga. It almost feels like the end of an era, doesn’t it?