The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

One of the most celebrated movie series of all time comes to its epic end. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, who began her journey fighting to survive the brutal Hunger Games, and rose to lead the rebellion against Panem’s President Snow. Now, Katniss and a team of rebels from District 13 prepare for the final epic battle that will decide Panem’s future.

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson
Runtime: 2 hours, 16 minutes

Movies that are based on books often fall short of capturing what was special about the book. The four Hunger Games films are an exception to this rule. They followed the books closely, changed very little, and were visually similar to how I imagined they should look. Mockingjay Part 2 is the best of the four.

I did notice a few changes from the book, but these were relatively minor and will probably not disappoint fans of the book. It is also the darkest and most violent of the four, but this is consistent with the book.

Actually, the book was even more violent and the filmmakers seemed at times to hold back on the violence in order to stay within the boundaries of a PG-13 rating. For those who didn’t read the books but watched all the previous movies, you will likely be surprised by where the story goes and shocked by how it all comes to an end.

Characters you love will die, and people you thought you could trust will betray. The emotional impact is surprisingly intense. Mockingjay Part 2 will also force you to think about the true cost of war. Unlike other action films, warfare isn’t glorified but is shown to be the horrible and tragic thing that it is. Overall, Mockingjay Part 2 provides a satisfying conclusion to the series.

Ultimately, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” brings this dystopian film franchise to a brilliant conclusion. While 2013’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” still holds the crown for being the best film in the series in terms of the adaptation and the pacing, “Mockingjay Part 2” is the most satisfying of the four films and it sends the franchise off with a proper farewell.

Happy Hunger Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

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