The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

(2015)

The revolution against the autocratic Capitol hits its boiling point in the second half of this adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ final Hunger Games book. Director Francis Lawrence returns from Catching Fire and Mockingjay - Part 1.... More

Picking up hot on the heels of Mockingjay - Part 1, this sequel follows Katniss Everdeen on a mission to the heart of the Capitol as she sets of to assassinate President Snow and bring Panem's brutal civil war to a swift end. Moving through the outskirts of the city with a team of familiar faces including Peeta, Gale, and Finnick, they find it boobytrapped with thousands of the most the deadliest devices Snow's Gamemakers could come up with. Pursued by peacekeepers and even more vicious assailants, every step could be the last for Katniss and her friends.Hide

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The USP of Susanna Collins' YA franchise has always been – duh – the actual games. Outside the arena, the books are mostly awful, something the films, though expertly made, have to constantly overcome. Mockingjay – Part One, also directed by Francis Lawrence, took place entirely in war-torn Panem, and suffered accordingly, though its dying-fall ending was oddly beautiful.... More

This final entry should, in theory, be all climax as we follow Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and the rebels to the Capitol, where they must take down eeeevil President Snow (Donald Sutherland). In fact, it takes an age to get going, but once the dashing Finnick (Sam Claflin) declares, ironically, “Let the 76th hunger games begin!” for the next hour or so, it's game on.

In lieu of an actual arena, Katniss and co must cross a booby-trapped cityscape, a canny decision that leads to some of the series' greatest action sequences – the terrific tunnel fight, in particular, wouldn't be out of place in an Aliens film. J-Law remains world class, even as the interminable love triangle between Katniss, shell-shocked Peeta (Josh Hutchison) and brooding plank Gale (Liam Hemsworth) limps to a conclusion. The rest of the cast get short shrift, especially Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who died during filming, and is clumsily written in.

It's just a shame they couldn't have written out some of the endless, slightly cringey speeches, or pulled the plug before a dreadful Harry Potter-like coda. It's no fault of the Lawrences (no relation), but Part Two is one hour of excitement mixed with another of mush: a problem that goes right back to the source.Hide


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BY Hugo-Burns superstar

A perfect example of why this 'splitting the last book into 2 parts' fad is just a way to grab extra money from movie goer's hands. Many dialogue scenes not only feel rushed and sloppy, but also familiar. I feel like I've seen Peeta and Gale talk about how amazing Katniss is and how she is only going to be able to end up with one and blah blah blah. I actually found the supporting cast to be a lot more interesting. Natalie Dormer was awesome and hot and so was the rest of her crew but some... More characters who are in the majority of the film get around 5-10 lines of dialogue maybe even less. I did, however, enjoy the action which was thrilling and really well filmed, but they come in such short dosesses and so far apart that the film seems a lot longer. This is a 90 film stretched out to nearly 2 and a half that should be part of a 1 part epic.Hide


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This movie was very good but it felt like it wasn't needed. It did conclude the series very well and was all tied off neatly. It was very disappointing at the lack of detail on the main character deaths, there wasn't too much emotion shown by surrounding characters especially the later death which was sorta blown over (oops) like 'okay they died, NEXT'. Definitely a must see for book fans


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BY MissP superstar

For a series that was a game changer for bring YA fiction to the screens something just didn't really work with this last installment. The focus seemed to be in the wrong parts? Characters deaths weren't given the weight they deserved and it just felt a bit naff.


BY filmlover superstar

Why bother? This could all have been resolved in part one.


BY John_S nobody

I just went to see the movie a second time and enjoyed it as much as the first time. I am very glad it was true to the book. I read the books all in one go and could not put them down so the way this film was portrayed just suited me down to the ground!


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  • Its epic sweep, grand designs and unyielding central performance make this a compelling finale. Full Review

  • Jennifer Lawrence shines once again in a fitting send-off for cinema’s best YA franchise. Full Review

  • It’s a bold statement about the unforgiving nature of war, unashamedly political in its motives and quietly devastating in its emotional effect. Full Review

  • We benefit from the fact that the film has been given room to breathe, which allows for subtle character moments...and the gradual building of suspense... Full Review

  • This is a dish that has been prepared over a low heat for a long time, which makes for some pretty slow-going early on. Full Review

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