The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is the epic finale that made me more relieved than excited. Any excitement I had was lost when they forcibly split Mockingjay into 2 parts. My brother and I were still prepared to finish it, but the conclusion wasn’t at all what I was expecting. Despite Part 2 bringing back the much needed action, it’s still a lot of wandering and barely any actual rebellion. Which is mostly thanks to how Suzanne Collins wrote the final book in her trilogy. It’s not a straightforward final battle like most YA franchises. Katniss Everdeen is recovering from her injuries, but ready to kill President Snow once and for all. After being declared dead one of several times in the movie. It’s during Finnick and Annie’s wedding that Katniss says goodbye to Prim and has Johanna cover for her.
Except that everyone was expecting Katniss to go off on her own. So she’s joined by Boggs, Gale, Finnick, her “propo” film crew, and a whole cast of disposable soldiers. The Capitol is pretty much deserted, apart from hourly messages from Ceasar and/or Snow. The Capitol is configured like a Hunger Games arena with pods unleashing a different hazzard onto the rebels. It’s made worse by the sort of deprogrammed Peeta coming to fight with them. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and the rest of the primary cast continue to give fine performances, but they do seem to be relieved that it’s over. SPOILER ALERT! They make it past gun turrets, oil, and pale zombie Mutts, but sadly Boggs, Finnick, and every disposable soldier is killed. A tiger lady helps them get closer to Snow’s house, but it’s once again not what I was expecting. Katniss and Gale hide amidst the Capitol and peacekeepers, but most of them are bombed by sponsor parachutes.
Although it’s probably more impactful in the book, Prim’s death seems to come out of nowhere. It’s not until Katniss yells at her cat Buttercup that I felt genuinely sad. The final confrontation between Katniss and the dying Snow is just a conversation in his flower garden. There’s still an execution, but Katniss fires her bow & arrow on Coin instead. Since she was secretly more like Snow than she let on. Their deaths finally bring peace back to Panem. Haymitch reads a letter from Plutarch to Katniss due to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s passing and they both say goodbye to Effie. They return to live in District 12 where a mostly cured Peeta reconnects with Katniss. And just like every other YA franchise, Katniss and Peeta’s story ends with them having children of their own. Mockingjay – Part 2 may have lost some of its impact, but I suppose there are worse games to play. “May the odds be ever in your favor.”
Preceded by: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1