Check out the full Movie Bears Podcast review of ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ embedded below and read on for our mini-review!
Katniss and friends are back in ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2,’ the fourth and final installment of the mega-popular Hunger Games franchise. Will the District 13-fueled rebellion quell the Capitol? Will the brutality of the Hunger Games cease or persist? This flick certainly answers both questions, though the way it gets us there is perhaps not as enjoyable as it could be.
When it was announced that ‘Mockingjay’ would be split into two movies, there was much grumbling from book fans who questioned the wisdom of stretching the source material too far in an obvious grab for more cash. Those concerns, it seems, were well founded. ‘Mockingjay Part 1’ was an exercise in entirely too much setup for Part 2, leading to a bore ‘n snore film that left us waiting a whole year for something to actually happen. And now that the second installment is here, there’s certainly plenty of action to be had – especially towards the back half of the movie – but it all feels a bit oddly paced and messy, needing more of a straight-arrow focus to tighten things up a bit.
Despite its flaws, however, the film isn’t bad. Jennifer Lawrence continues to do Katniss as much justice as possible – especially since we can’t have movies full of nothing but the book character’s tortured, inner-thoughts. And while the love triangle with Peeta and Gale is still a thing, it at least gets a resolution that puts that particular conflict to rest with finality. ‘Mockingjay Part 2’ certainly accomplishes what it sets out to do and the journey is largely satisfying, especially since the end point subverts where non-book-readers might anticipate things going. If you’ve invested in the earlier ‘Hunger Games’ flicks already, this one’s definitely worth checking out, especially if you have some time off coming this holiday season.