The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part Two Movie Review

Ari Stein, Staff Writer

Sometimes a movie can take too long to say goodbye. In this case, it was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part Two. As the second half of the final movie in the series, two hours and 17 minutes seemed a bit extensive. No Hunger Games or Quarter Quell takes place; instead, the movie entirely revolves around uprising/rebellion viewers witnessed in part one.

To refresh the memory of those who may not remember, part one left off with Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) attempting to choke Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) to death. Thus, part two begins with Katniss, who is now bruised, trying to recover and emotionally deal with the brainwashed Peeta (Peeta has been brainwashed by President Snow to kill Katniss in order to end the rebellion against the Capitol and him). Katniss continues to be the face of the resistance and help inspire others to join. Katniss and all the other notable characters in the movie venture into the Capitol determined to kill President Snow and liberate the citizens of Panem. The expedition into the Capitol is not an easy one though. It is complete with thousands of traps, horrific creatures and the threat of death.

Even without having an annual hunger games or Quarter Quell, this final part of the Hunger Games chapter is still action- packed and intense. Though with the many, many plot points, sometimes it felt like there was too much information. Each scene was dragged on a little too long. Despite this slight flaw, there were some extraordinary set pieces. In particular, the scene where Katniss and her squad take an underground route to get to President Snow is thrilling. Between the dark lighting, man-eating creatures and the unknown of every turn, the audience is on the edge of its seat. You are able to feel the fear and the tenseness. The sense of claustrophobia certainly adds to this riveting scene.

Another aspect of the movie that helped in drawing the audience in was its ability to convey the tone and feeling. The overall serious, dark and emotional journey is perfectly depicted through the intensity of the characters and gloomy weather. Katniss’s nonexistent smile makes it evident this is not a light and happy film. Yet, the conclusion is a satisfying resolution for this series.

And of course, there is “the girl on fire,” otherwise known as the outstanding Jennifer Lawrence. The evolution and character development of Katniss is empowering and unique. The character Katniss steps away from traditional female roles. In The Hunger Games, she is strong, tough and powerful. She means different things to everyone, allowing all types of people to connect.

Overall, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part Two was not a let down. Regardless of the excessive length, part two successfully concluded the series.