Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Mockingjay Part 2 Movie Review

Real or not real? The Hunger Games has come to an end? Real.

What an end it was. Besides the theater being swamp ass hot and the lady eating her snot a few seats down from us, I'd say our Mockingjay pt2 seeing experience was a good one. It was for sure an emotional one. Don't fear this review will only be a highlight and rating of what we saw, it will be spoiler free.

Mockingjay part 2 picks up exactly where part one ended. Katniss is still in District 13 waiting for Coin to give the word for them to make their move on the capital. The opening scene is her in the sick ward recovering from when Peeta attacked her in MJpt1. The mood from part one is the same in part two. Dark and tense. We as viewers are waiting on the edge of our seats to know what will happen and if the film will stay true to the book. I think the highlight of this film is that they Suzanne took a different approach on emotionally how she would take our Mockingjay.

In almost every YA to film adaptation when our lead is put through something traumatic it seems that they bounce back so quickly from it. Parents die, towns taken out, government tries to take out your romantic interest-lead cries for all of a second-then is right back to being the teenage world savior. With Katniss we don't get that. She is experiencing things as they should be. When her family, friends, or towns people are injured/effected it affects her. She experiences the shock, pain, and carries that weight throughout the movie. This is what really sets it apart from other films attempting too be the next big thing. It sets this certain presences to the film and is carried throughout. I think this is why Katniss is one of our all time favorite leading ladies, because she isn’t meant to be likable. She gets thrown into the Hunger Games because she wants to save her sister and nearly every step since then she has lost part of herself or someone she cares about. By the time we reach MJ, Katniss is just trying to survive. Everyone has expectations on how she should feel and act, but she is merely trying to make it to the end. She isn’t trying to make anyone happy. She is trying to keep herself and her family alive.

Katniss isn’t the only one trying to find her way in the film. As we saw in MJ pt1, Prim wants to be a medic
and is trying to grow despite her sister wanting to keep her safe. Gale is trying to balance doing what he thinks is best for the country and what his heart wants from Katniss. Peeta is… poor Peeta. He is still trying to recover from what the Capitol did to him and trying to figure out his new reality. Finnick is really the only one that has a happy start. He and Annie are finally together and happy. Everyone has seen the previews from their wedding, and it is every bit as beautiful as it looks from the clips. There may or may not have been a tear shed here as well (aka Leah was crying).

The pace of this film holds it own to the others. It's action packed and non-stop up until the last second. There were moments when we were gripping the edges of our seats in fear when stuff jumps out and also times when we were wiping tears from when we lose some of our most beloved characters. This is a film that gave us everything we wanted. We wanted moments when characters were able to be happy, we wanted sections were people were venerable, we wanted action, and we wanted justice! I think we really did get it all. The best thing is I think we got the same raw emotion from the movie that we got from the book. You can tell the cast and staff put everything they had into these films... It shows in every scene all the way to the end. Without spoiling we will say this: The biggest difference in our opinion is the ending... It's a lot happier than the book. Which to us is a good thing.

Mockingjay Part 2 was everything we hoped it would be. A strong film, with a strong cast, a strong ending, and very little changes. This was a satisfying ending to one of the best books to films we've seen... Grab a pen and paper Allegiant and take notes. You're gonna need it.

10/10 Stars
Angela & Leah  

Oh and sorry if the font is all wonky or if the review isn't really long, for some reason our computers just did not want to work together... Sigh, well we guess all good things must come to an end... Now let the countdown for the 5th Wave beginning.