Film review: There’s no mocking ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2’

If you have been anxious for the release of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2,” your wait is over. This captivating film hit theaters on Friday, Nov. 20 and was the number one movie in the world for the first two weeks after it opened.

All of the movies in “The Hunger Games” series have been based off of Suzanne Collins’ novels “The Hunger Games,” “Catching Fire,” and “Mockingjay.” Although this series is a trilogy, the director, Francis Lawrence, decided to split the final novel into two movies because of all of the action that goes on in the final book. Lawrence’s plan goes well, and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2” perfectly wraps up the series.

In “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1,” Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) tries to accumulate to life underground in District 13; however, it is difficult for her. Katniss and the other leaders of District 13 have set a goal, which is to take down President Snow. To do so, District 13 must unite the Districts by casting Katniss as the Mockingjay, the image of the war. Although this is the District’s top priority, Katniss is distracted by her love for Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Until the end of the movie, Peeta is in the Capitol where President Snow (Donald Sutherland) brainwashes him, causing him to hate Katniss with a passion. Thankfully, District 13 sends a few soldiers into the Capitol to save Peeta and several other victors that were captured by the Capitol.

The next movie picks up where the last one left off: Katniss recovering from Peeta attempting to strangle her to death. Throughout the movie, Peeta struggles with the truth which causes conflict between him and Katniss. With the help of Katniss and several other friends such as Finnick, Peeta can finally differentiate what is fact from what is fiction.

In this movie, the Districts finally unite and hundreds of squads are sent into the Capitol to take down President Snow. Although they may not be in an arena for the Hunger Games, it is almost as if they are because Snow puts all of the gamemakers to work, having them create Hunger Games-like scenarios. This causes havoc in the entire Capitol, causing it to become an unsafe area for citizens, rebels, and peacekeepers alike. As Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) says in the movie, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 76th Hunger Games.”

Everything about this movie is exciting; every scene is action-packed and all of the computer-generated imagery is completely believable. Sometimes scary believable.

In addition to the computer-generated imagery, Lawrence, Hutcherson, and all of the other actors contribute to the authenticity of the movie. The franchise does not seem to tire Lawrence because her acting is as believable and genuine as ever. Throughout the movie, Lawrence takes on Katniss’ personality so well by really portraying her character’s dynamic emotions. Not to spoil an important moment in the movie, but Lawrence handles a heartbreaking scene beautifully by portraying the understandable sadness that someone would feel in that situation.

The same goes for Hutcherson because the viewers can feel the pain that he expresses throughout most of the movie. Personally, I could feel his struggle to distinguish the difference between his real memories and what memories the Capitol changed.

Not only that, but Francis Lawrence does not astray from the novel whatsoever. He even pulls some quotes directly out of the novel, causing the movie to become even more powerful. Thankfully, Lawrence does this for one of my favorite scenes where Peeta asks Katniss questions about what is real and what is not real.

If you have not seen “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2,” make time to watch it because this intense and intriguing movie is a must see.

Our Grade: A
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2”
Rated: PG-13
Length: 137 minutes
Genre: Adventure, Sci-fi
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Sam Claflin, Willow Shields