Mockingjay Part 2 Review



With a fairly underwhelming media campaign, Mockingjay failed to live up to Hunger Games fans most reasonable expectations. Even if we look at the movie simply as a film, as opposed to an adaptation of a book, it was mediocre at best. Mockingjay Part 2 was released in mid November. Many fans rushed to theaters and were greeted by a lazy attempt at capturing the essence of the book. The movie was also incredibly depressing and was mostly sad points followed by even sadder points. Mockingjay Part 2 has been described as choppy by some of the series’ most loyal fans.

One major issue with the movie was the casting. The actors and actresses in the film have outgrown their roles through the years. As much as we adore Jennifer Lawrence, it does feel inappropriate that an Oscar award winning actress is the main character is a screen adaptation of a Young Adult novel. The transition from a dramatic role as a mentally unstable adult challenged by falling in love with a bipolar man (Silver Linings Playbook) to a rebellious teenager is strange. Her fame and maturity makes it difficult for audiences to view her as a teenager. Another out of place character is Julianne Moore who has also won an Oscar and been nominated for many others. She was portrayed as a power hungry leader that had little care for the others around her. This role works for some actresses, such as Meryl Streep or Scarlett Johansson, however we’re too used to the sweet and caring side of Julianne Moore for her to be good for this role.

There were a lot of differences between the book and the movie, but some were more glaring than others. There was an added element throughout the fighting scenes where President Snow was continually informed that Katniss was dead. He even made an announcement in which he essentially gave her eulogy. It was annoying, especially because the audience knew that Katniss was alive so there wasn’t any suspense. The ending scene was dragged on for way longer then it should have been. It seemed like they had decided to fill time by including unnecessary details about Katniss’ life after the capital is taken over. The final scene is supposed to be a shocking but perfect ellipses to conclude the books and instead it is undermined by other excess scenes. I found myself wondering for the last twenty minutes when the movie was going to end. Even the final epilogue scene was strange. There was unnecessary dialogue that was just awkward, and didn’t really add to the movie as a whole. Overall, this movie was a disappointment to the Hunger Games fans.


–Claire Wilson, Staff Writer

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