Continuing the trend that the Harry Potter movies started (RIP Alan Rickman aka Professor Snape), of course we have to have 2 movies for the final book that would be in the series, and this would be the conclusion that was more or less anticipated on a high level, because Part 1 was kind of slow, which you could image was just building up to this point. The Mockingjay, the savior, the Joan of Arc of Panem, had embark on her final task and it was to see to it that President Snow pay for his treachery upon the nation and bring peace and harmony amongst the Districts. Now, I haven’t read any of the books (yet), so I would be looking at these movies from strictly a cinema-first perspective. Jennifer Lawrence is all over the place, and quite frankly I think she’s worked herself enough for an extended vacation, but that’s not bound to happen anytime soon. For her 4th and final time playing the role of Katniss Everdeen, she would face the continuous plight of sacrifice and learning the harsh truth about her mission.
How the story has played out to this point, many people will say that it’s heavily fixated on the government propaganda and corrupt governance that takes place between The Capitol and the re-discovered regime that is District 13. This would be the movie that puts the pieces together, and there were certainly a fair share of deaths that I didn’t see coming, and a surprising twist (unless you’ve read the book) that I somewhat expected, but didn’t think it would have been that obvious to come about. There was also the personal love affair of Katniss, Peta & Gale that continued, which has been subtly driving the movie series itself. We finally learn what comes out of that. Certainly I was more entertained by the conclusion of this movie, as opposed to the first one. It flowed better, and it kept you on edge for the most part.
Usually the movie that ends a trilogy/saga is disappointing, and there’s a long range of movies that can be used as examples, so I definitely felt that this was going to be in that category, but thankfully Part 2 saved what Part 1 started. Predictable in many cases of what it was, I was still delighted by the end result and would tell anyone else who has been keeping up with the series, to see this movie. It won’t blow you away and it won’t disappoint, but there’s a happy medium that you walk away with a sense of satisfaction. I know people don’t usually do the ‘see-the-movie-then-read-the-books’ deal, but that’s going to be my case yet again. But for now, this is my opinion, this is my review,
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