Now that I have my spoiler free review for The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 out there, hopefully you all have had a chance to watch the movie by now. So now we are going to talk about inner spoilers. But if you have not read the book or seen the movie, either watch the movie or read the book first, then come back and read my spoiler free review and then come back and read this article. So here we go.
First thing I want to touch base on is where we last saw Katniss and Peeta. When we left Katniss, she was tearing up with a broken heart because Peeta was strangling to get out of his stripped-tied bed because of what happened to him in the Capitol. What I thought about Peeta's brainwashing is that President Snow must have used some technology to brainwash him in similarity to what Robert Redford did to Bucky in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But he says throughout the film that while he gets his memory back, Snow has shown him false memories of Katniss in an effort to torture him. And Peeta has a couple of moments where he is considered a 'mutt', which got me wondering on how he was able to control all the brainwashing stuff going on in his head. But he joins the squad and he is done perfectly with handcuffs if he should go crazy.
Next I want to touch base on President Snow. Now that he is out of luck, Snow prepares himself for his surrender to the Rebels as they are getting closer and closer to the Capitol. But what the Rebels didn't know is that he was preparing traps for them all around the Capitol city. And a bit towards the end of the movie, right before the execution sequence, we get to see Katniss and the Rebels take over his mansion which is, I gotta say, very artistic in a way. And when Katniss goes into his white-rose inhabited garden house, I thought 'Hmmm. This environment for this villain is pretty much a lot more different than what I've seen before.' So when I first read the book, I actually thought that President Snow was the main antagonist of the trilogy as a whole. And while for the majority, this is true, in Mockingjay, he is for the most part the villain. But he reveals to Katniss that 'we were both played for fools.' But Donald Sutherland delivered an excellent performance as President Snow. I believe he will go down in history as one of the best book-to-film villains of all time.
Now on to the flip-side, President Coin. When we first find Coin here, she is still leading the Rebellion and encouraging everyone in Panem to follow in on Katniss and storm the Capitol. At one point when Snow was about to make a speech, Coin puts in an interruption speech to pay tribute to the presumed-dead Katniss and her team. But halfway through the movie, Boggs tells Katniss that she is a bit of a threat to Coin's motivations if she does not answer to her. When I read the book, I had the same tense moment that had me question Katniss' loyalties. But it was revealed that Coin is revealed to be the real main antagonist of the movie because she had a much bigger ambition than Snow did.
When Snow revealed information on Coin's plan, that got me curious as to whether she was either good or evil. But at the point of the meeting before the execution scene, I was still questioning Coin's motives. But I always thought that Snow was the one who killed Prim to get to Katniss. And it slipped my mind that Coin was right under our noses as readers/viewers.
Right when the execution scene happened and Snow was on the pillar awaiting his death below the podium, Coin delivered a speech speaking of a 'Free Panem' when she reached the balcony behind her council. But what I really saw was her saying that she now rules Panem with an iron fist even bigger than Snow's. And then I secretly cheered inside when Katniss defeated Coin instead of Snow thus ending the reign of evil by shooting her arrow at her chest and she tumbled off the podium and it was from a distance. What I would've liked to have seen was Coin's death unseen with Coin's upper side close enough for a close shot. But I am overall happy with that. Also when the people stormed at Snow while he was laughing, I totally saw that coming. Though his death was off-screen, I felt that Donald Sutherland's President Snow got the proper execution needed.
Now on to how the message was portrayed. In particular, The Hunger Games film franchise delivers a sense of what the world would be like in the not-too-distant future. Politics, revolution, propaganda, fight to the death, rebellion and a sense of hope in a difficult time. And in this case, Mockingjay Part 2 delivers the same types of elements that its predecessor does with propaganda and revolution. But what really drives the adventure in these movies is a sense of hope in difficult times. And in the end, it all ties around friendship and love which is also what drove Harry Potter. But in the Hunger Games point of view, there is some political thriller elements and conspiracy theories especially in Mockingjay.
Now on to the Mutts. The mutts are a particular type of foot-soldier aside from what the Storm-trooper like Peacekeepers are. Here, we are introduced to some mutts that look like lizard enhanced people who want to feed on human flesh. And there was one moment where Finnick died trying to save the team from getting eaten. Finnick, you shall not have died in vain.
Speaking of Finnick, we get another wedding for him and Annie Cresta. It is sort of similar to the wedding between Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Except the fact that there are no Peacekeepers storming in. It was particularly a beautiful scene which ties into the inner message of love and faithfulness.
Final thing is the ending, after the war. I just love how it all ended in the aftermath of Snow's execution. And I was a bit horrified when Katniss beat the crap out of Prim's cat saying that she was dead. I literally wanted to shed into tears with that moment. But when Katniss said goodbye to Effie and everyone at the newly arranged peaceful Capitol, I was very pleased with how she said it. I didn't like Effie from the beginning. But as the series progressed, I started to like her as an ally to Katniss herself. And when Peeta and Katniss finally get together, I was so overjoyed to see them finally together on their own time for once. Also liked seeing how they grew up having children and teaching them the ways of their world.
When the credits rolled, I was very pleased with the ending of the story and when Katniss sang her song, I thought to myself 'She deserved better than what happened in the previous films'