It has finally happened!!! Mockingjay Part 2 brings everything in full swing with Katniss Everdeen finally taking the fight to the Capitol for the final showdown with President Snow. Now this will be a spoiler free review. I will have a Spoiler-filled review up right after this review. So save all that talk for later. But for right now, I will give you my personal thoughts on the movie itself and how I thought it would bring the end to the Hunger Games saga to the best it can be. So let's get started.
Ever since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was split into two parts back in 2010/2011, we were introduced to the young adult novel finale of a particular series being split into two movies. I totally dug with where that movie went with the two part finale because that book was so long, it could not be one whole movie. Then in 2011/2012 came Twilight: Breaking Dawn which was sort of a disappointment for me (Part 1 at least). But Part 2 did pull off a pretty interesting twist at the end with a battle between the Cullens and the Volturi.
Now we have Hunger Games: Mockingjay which is the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy with Part 1 out in 2014 last year and Part 2 out this year. And I have to say, I am overall very impressed with how it all turned out. I knew that every twist and turn would come along with a few side surprises here and there.
And the movie puts the focus once more on Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, who finally leads the people of Panem to victory against Donald Sutherland's President Snow. Lawrence is brilliant. She has totally taken the role of Katniss Everdeen as her own and shows what she can do with it as every actor who plays the main hero should do. And if that wasn't enough, since Lawrence is considered to be one of Hollywood's biggest stars today, I think she should get awarded for Best Actress in this movie (but that's just me).
As for everyone else, the rest of the cast includes from the previous films, including Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, and Natalie Dormer, who all are pretty much better here with their acting skills than in the previous entry. New cast members here include Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie (Dormer is her co-star) as Commander Lyme. Her next big hit this year is the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens as one of the bad guys.
In terms of the story, it follows the second half of the book. And the movie is a really faithful adaptation to the book which also brings everything in full swing. Director Francis Lawrence has really done a great job at taking the helm from Gary Ross for the next three films here in comparison to David Yates taking over the helm for the last four Harry Potter movies back in 2007-2011. And while Lawrence stays as faithful to the source material as possible, he really engaged us with a bunch of twists and turns at various points throughout the film.
And there are quite a few action scenes thrown into the movie. Though this is a continuation of Part 1 in terms of the propaganda political thriller, it is a full-throttle action flick as well. And since there are no shaky cameras, I gotta say, wow!! Those are some of the best action sequences in a book-based film since Deathly Hallows Part 2.
So I give The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 8.5/10 stars for staying as faithful to the book as possible, great character development, stellar action moments and a really great sendoff for the Girl On Fire. This is what I believe to be the best final installment of a franchise since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.