Series: The Hunger Games
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Sam Claflin, Donald Sutherland, Jena Malone, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Director: Francis Lawrence
Writers: Suzanne Collins (author), Peter Craig & Danny Strong (screenplay)
Released: 19 November 2015
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. (summary from IMDb)
REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS! Read at own risk!!
A brilliant adaptation, Mockingjay Part 2 is everything I wanted it to be.
The Hunger Games movies have all been great adaptations of the books. I've always been happy and Mockingjay Part 2 is no different. I was disappointed however that they chose to split Mockinjay into two films. To me, it didn't feel necessary. While I still quite liked Part 1, it's my least favourite of the movies and even now I wish they'd simply made one epic film. See, my excitement had started to wane with the announcement they were drawing it out. I was no longer "OMG, I can't wait!" as I had been for The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. Which is a shame, because these movies are deserving of that excitement. I adored Mockingjay Part 2. I know there was a lot of upset about how Collins ended her series, but I always felt it was perfect. Freaking heartbreaking, yes, but it worked for me. And seeing it brought to life on screen reminded me of my love for this series - both the films and the books.
Mockingjay Part 2 is thrilling and tragic, full of action and emotion. There were some changes but they're really minor. The script, the effects, the cinematography is all so great. From the first second to the last I was completely engrossed. I'm sometimes a little vocal when I'm that invested. So I admit to some snorts, cheers, groans, and sobs. A lot of the latter, actually. I'm so thankful I knew what was coming but it was still as effecting as ever. I covered my eyes for Finnick and bowed my head for Prim. I may have glared a little for Coin. Okay, smirked. The best thing about these movies has always been the cast. The acting is again top-notch. I will hold these characters and these actors close to my heart always. There could never be another Katniss, that's for sure. Lawrence shines, as she always does.
My absolute favourite thing about Mockingjay Part 2 is Peeta and Katniss. I can't help it, I've been waiting for THAT moment! I admit to a lot of awwing, squealing and even a little flailing. I've been Team Peeta since book two and that won't change. Team Peeta forever! I'd say my only disappointment with the movie is the lack of Snow's granddaughter. That's been the change from the books to the movies that I've always appreciated. She was only ever minor but her scenes were so very powerful. In Mockingjay Part 1, her loosening her plait is my favourite of the whole movie. So for her to be only a mention by Johanna was a bit of a letdown because I was really looking forward to where they might take her. Maybe a deleted scene on the BluRay/DVD?
Overall, Mockingjay Part 2 is an awesome movie, a must see. It's been great seeing these favourite books come to life on film. I'm thinking it's time for a marathon of the first three movies before going back to see Part 2 at the cinemas again!