Review: ‘Mockingjay pt 2’ – Katniss prepares the rebels for the final battle with Snow

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The time is finally upon where we get to see the finale of the world-wide phenomenon The Hunger Games. Mockingjay Part 2 has promised to tie up all the loose ends that the series has created and give us a feeling of peace as the war between Katniss and Snow takes head. There is a final battle between what is right and wrong as we get to see who the real people are of these characters that we have come to known.

There is no right or wrong way to begin this review. As a fan of the book, it’s hard to separate the feelings of what you expect and what actually shows up on the screen. Of course, there are going to be differences. It’s hard to make an adaptation and have every single thing from the book in it. With the final book being split into two movies, they had the luxury of time to really tell the ending of the story. Like with Harry Potter, it was a good decision.

The final movie, while it focused a lot on the war, also showed the ugly side of it. Countless lives are lost, both those of the war and innocent ones. As Katniss gets knee deep into the war, she finds that she sees the true character of those around her and it makes her question everything that she knows. It is time of turmoil that people’s true colors appear.

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The story takes center stage, as it should. It touches on a lot of issues that we have in our world today. This movie once again proves just why it should be watched and understood fully. Yes, it has its moments of ‘cinematic adventure’ but don’t let that overshadow the point of the story. It’s meant to make us see how self-destructive we can be towards each other and the kind of disastrous world it can be with war. It’s imperative now more than ever to take the theme of this movie to heart and really embrace it.

Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson once again step up their games in this movie. By far, it was Hutcherson’s best acting in a movie I have ever seen. We got to see the character of Peeta transform from that caring, sweet, beautiful soul into a broken shamble mess. What makes it so perfect is that it’s not over the top. It’s the right kind of torment that we see in the book and your heart breaks as he tries to figure out who he is. Lawrence of course, is flawless as Katniss. It is a role she was born to play and once again proves why she was the perfect cast for the movie.

There were other glimmer spotlights for a lot of the other actors in the film. Sam Claflin had a very heartbreaking scene in the movie as Finnick and Jena Malone steals the few scenes that she is in. Donald Sutherland, like Lawrence, proves why he is a perfect cast as Snow and becomes that villain that we all hate.

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Director Francis Lawrence outdoes himself in this movie with the CGI and graphics. Of course this movie has all those amazing things, but Lawrence does a great job at mixing the backstory in with what’s going on right now. He is able to give the story a full circle feel. You get to see the story from all angles and there is no emphasis one part of the story over the other. He uses images to show the story instead of just words, even though author Suzanne Collins’s words are beautiful.

You would be hard-pressed to find a series that is as powerful as this one is. This one isn’t just about the entertainment of things blowing up, but more about the story. The movie is far beyond just a story of a young girl volunteering to save her sister, but more about standing up for what’s right and never accepting anything less.

Mockingjay Part 2 stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Willow Shields, Jena Malone, Natalie Dormer, and Elden Henson and is rated PG-13. You can view the movie in IMAX theaters and regular theaters everywhere.

What did you think of the movie?

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