When The Hunger Games premiered in 2012 no one was surprised that it was a major hit like most of these young adult novels. Now after they decided to once again cash grab and split the final book into two films the final entry, The Hunger Games: Mokingjay Part 2 is here, but will the final battle be worth the hype or will this be a revolution worth joining?
The Hunger Games: Mokingjay Part 2 follows the war of Panem, but when it escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance. Hardcore fans were eager for this final entry to see the war come to an end once and for all. People that read the books already know what happens, but those coming in with no knowledge may be looking for some great action and a full on invasion to finally take out the capital, but instead what you get is a few decent action scenes and a lot of wasted time. This is yet another case of these two films suffering because of being split in two. They spend a lot of time in this film repeating and dragging out stuff that just wasn’t necessary. That could have even worked had any of it been interesting, but sadly it is slow and boring. Lawrence still manages to do a great job with the role with further speaks for talent as an actress since most of what is going on around her is just not all that interesting. The rest of the cast are fine with what they have to do, but none more than getting to see the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman on screen again. Nothing he is doing is breathtaking or anything, but just seeing this great talent on screen one last time makes his addition to this series worth it.
There are not a ton of action sequences, but the ones that are here are pretty well done. This time around they used some of the technology used in the games as defense against the rebellion which made for a varying degree of sequences to work with. This gave them the ability to go more over the top with some of them and in turn give the film the much needed injection of life it needed for at least those brief moments. One of the better sequences offers up some creatures that makes for almost a horror film sequence that works really well and gives a brief glimpse of how fun this film could have really been. Outside the action, the biggest issue is still the pacing and overall predictability of the entire story. Even the big twist ending that those that have never read the book know nothing about you will see coming from a mile away.
Love them or hate them there is no doubt that people will flock to the theaters to see how it all ends once and for all. This isn’t a horrible film an d does offer up a satisfying enough ending, but had they not bothered to split the two films and allowed one strong film do the job then it would have been a lot more impactful in the end. Those that have loved all of the films will no doubt love this one as well, so revel in the finale that you have been waiting for as this series finally comes to a close.