Welcome to the 76th Hunger Games! Mockingjay Part 2 Review
The end of another saga is here, this time in the form of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. What began with a small premiere held at the O2 arena in London in March 2012, grew a larger and larger fanbase as each film was released until November 2015 when the Mockingjay Part 2 premiere hit London’s Leicester Square, with over 820 wristbands having been given out the day before by the evening, and still more people turned up on the day to see if they could score a spot in the pens or alternatively watched on the big screens from the gardens themselves.
At the first The Hunger Games premiere, being one of the first 200 people in the queue on that cold March morning I got to see the movie before it was released in the cinema. For the final movie I was given this opportunity again, this time with a press screening the day before the premiere.
First of all I’d just like to point out that I have a huge love for Collins’ books, having read them all long before the movies were released. But I also have a huge love for the movies themselves and have enjoyed every single one from the beginning of Katniss’ journey to the very end. Along the way I have had disappointments of some things being taken out but it happens with every adaptation and even with some of the missing information the movies have still flowed seamlessly. Seeing these much loved characters and even Panem itself come to life on the big screen has been a wonderful experience. From the casting choices, to the costume designers, to the crew everything has been perfect.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 sees the epic conclusion in the final instalment of The Hunger Games saga. Continuing as most split movies do not long after the previous movie ended, Katniss Everdeen is in her hospital bed in District 13 after being strangled by the recently rescued, and now hijacked Peeta Mellark. With fire in her heart she wants to end President Snow, and she will do anything to get there. With Katniss essentially trying to save the world from the horrors of the Games she has united the Districts against the tyranny of President Snow and the Capitol.
Part 2 definitely takes on a much darker approach then the previous movies whilst still managing to keep its 12A rating. It took a little time for the story to get going but once it does the action continues almost to the end, where following in the footsteps of the book there is an epilogue so don‘t jump out of your seats too quickly when scene fades. Even though they didn’t get as much screen time, Haymitch (Harrelson) and Johanna (Malone) still managed to bring laughs to the audience even if they were only brief during this darker tale.
As Katniss and her Squad follow on behind the rebels so Cressida and her team can film the taking of the Capitol, they run into many unexpected surprises and traps including tar, flame throwers, machine guns and explosives, no expense was spared when it came to the action sequences that’s for sure and they certainly won’t disappoint.
The journey through the sewers is a little terrifying as Katniss and Star Squad are plunged into darkness as they try to make their way under the Capitol and then their subsequent escape, which left the audience jumping in their seats even before something jumped out, I for one certainly did. Not only is the movie adrenaline and fear inducing, but like the previous movies tissues are a must.
Mockingjay Part 2 is a brilliant conclusion to a much loved saga which left myself as a book and movie fan extremely satisfied.
With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale, Finnick, and Peeta – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.