Review: Mockingjay Pt 2 (THG Movies #4)

Review: Mockingjay Pt 2 (THG Movies #4)Mockingjay Pt 2 * by Francis Lawrence
Series: The Hunger Games movies #4
Also in this series: The Hunger Games *, Catching Fire *, Mockingjay Pt 1 *
Released by Lionsgate on 18 November 2015
Genres: Dystopia
Length: 2h 17m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julliane Moore, Donald Sutherland, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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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.

In 2011 I found out about the Hunger Games. I’d bought the first book at the American Book Center, read it and immediately bought the other two books in the series which I both read in one sitting. Then, I heard about movies being made about these books, and I got super excited. I watched all movies at the cinema (mostly during midnight premieres and marathons), but due to work I wasn’t able to watch this last movie at midnight. (And due to that I got spoiled for something that happened in this movie, which is why I will try my best to NOT do that for you today).

But last night I was able to watch Mockingjay Part 2 in the cinema, and it was amazing! In my opinion the best movie of the four (okay I said that about all the previous movies too, shh). I don’t like endings, so I actually didn’t want to watch this movie because I didn’t want it to end. But of course I had to go and see the movie, so we went to a 3D showing of the movie. To be honest, as someone who doesn’t like 3D movies, it didn’t add anything to the movie. Perhaps some parts looked a bit cooler, but I couldn’t see it. Next time I’ll be seeing a 2D showing of the movie.

Part two starts off where the first one ended; after Peeta, Johanna, and Annie were rescued from the Capitol’s claws, and Peeta tried to kill Katniss. The latter has realised that whatever came back from the Capitol isn’t Peeta and doesn’t want to stay in District 13 anymore. She gets sent to Two, who is the only district that hasn’t turned on the Capitol yet. She’s to convice these people to fight for them instead of Snow. And then, it’s war.

I’m going to say it for those people who are wary; this movie is SO true to the book! Personally, I don’t mind if a movie is like the book or not, but this movie was and it was glorious. There were pieces of dialogue almost directly taken from the book, my friend and I occasionally bumped each other’s arm saying ‘IT’S FROM THE BOOK’, so I want to say thank you to the people who wrote the script, because it’s so so so amazing!

Of course, they couldn’t do everything exactly the same as the book, which is okay. There were certain characters that were never introduced in the movie series, so they had to do several things differently. Katniss’ prep team didn’t have huge roles in the movies, so in Mockingjay they were replaced by Effie Trinket. Delly Cartwright was never mentioned in the first movie, so they had to use someone else to talk to Peeta. Katniss’ Star Squad was still complete, and I loved them all.

Mockingjay was the darkest book of the three, with the rebellion/war between the Capitol and the Districts. Katniss goes to the Captiol to assassinate Snow and a lot of people die. More than usual, and quicker than usual. When I was reading the book, some of the deaths were so quick I had no time to process them – and I actually missed a couple of them until I read on and was like ‘wait where is …?’. I still didn’t really cry that much during these deaths, because they were still super quick, but there was one moment after which I did cry a lot. View Spoiler »

There were lots of new locations in this movie, most of which (the Capitol scenes) were filmed in Paris and Berlin. I loved seeing those new scenes and new locations, because I thought personally that District 13 became rather boring after a while. I really liked seeing the Capitol better, even though most of it was in ruins, and the pods were all amazing – though gruesome – as well.

And the cast was amazing too, I’d like to thank the casting people for these amazing choices. The Star Squad was amazing, even though we didn’t see that much of them, and Tigris was great as well. I hadn’t really imagined her like that, and she didn’t sound that much like a cat as she did in the book, but wow she was great. To be honest, my favourite of the new cast were Castor and Pollux (though they were in MJ p1 already, shh); I just love Pollux so much. The Leeg sisters were cool too, though I thought they had red hair. Even though I had just finished rereading the book, I didn’t remember them that much, so I am not 100% sure.

Yeah in the end, I just loved this movie, and I will certainly watch it again. It wasn’t as painful as the last Hobbit movie was, in my opinion, so I think this is a movie I can watch more often. Mockingjay Part 2 will certainly earn a spot in my ten favourite movies of this year! So go and watch it!