If any of you read the book you know that Mockingjay was the worst of The Hunger Games series. It was rushed, anti-climactic, and unsatisfying. Such an exciting series like this one deserves a powerful and exciting ending. This was the film’s chance to take a book that was lacking and make up for what was missing. Unfortunately……the film was no better.
A huge part in its undoing was the fact that they took a relatively short book and split it into two movies, which made an already slow ending drag on even more. I liked Mockingjay Part 1. It was very different from the first two films and there was a certain beauty to its slow pace. A nice “calm before the storm” if you will. It was emotional and character driven and gave you the “feels” as many of its target audience like to say.
I could care less about anyone in Mockingjay Part 2, with the exception of Effie and Haymitch, whom, as a family member of mine said (and I’m sure many other people have said) had a better love story than Twilight. I suppose I cared for Gale a bit, who was unceremoniously dismissed at the end.
This last scene between him and Katniss made our beloved main character the most unlikeable, ungrateful (pardon my french) BITCH in almost any series I’ve followed. Excuse me as I turn into a teenage girl for a second, but: SERIOUSLY? This dude saved your life and your family’s life multiple times, has been your most loyal friend through everything, saved your boyfriend when he could have let him die and taken the spot for himself, AND risked his own life several times. But oh hell no. The bomb that killed your sister may or may not have been from a group that he was a part of, that he probably didn’t actually place there himself or had anything to do with, and he had the gall to apologize to you even though it wasn’t actually his fault. Yeah, you should definitely cut that toxic bastard out of your life ASAP.
Then there is Peeta. Sweet innocent little Peeta….trying to kill Katniss, which is a totally necessary plot point. *cough*
Before you all go crazy on me…I don’t hate Peeta. Would I have chosen him at the end? Please. Perhaps if I wanted a pet, which is exactly how he was treated. There is actually a scene in the film when Finnick tells Peeta to go sit in the corner. He does. He sits in the corner. Good boy.
Let’s compare Peetas for a second. Peeta in the first film: sweet guy, loyal. I could consider it. Peeta in Catching Fire: marriage material. Peeta in Mockingjay Part 1: Poor guy. Let’s save him. Peeta in Mockingjay Part 2: I just…..don’t even…..no. Go sit in the corner Peeta. Good boy.
I suppose it isn’t fair to complain about the film’s plot, since they did adapt it from an already flawed book, however they could have tried to make it a bit more exciting. I found myself bored more than a few times.
As much as I love Jennifer Lawrence, I felt that her performance was getting too repetitive. She stares out looking forlorn. She cries hysterically and over the top. She gives an inspirational speech that feels forced. I’m sorry, but I’m done with Katniss. I’m done with The Hunger Games. If Katniss wants to run off into the spring sunset with Peeta (yeah apparently there are other seasons in this world other than COLD and COLD), have Asian babies, and wear a floral dress to try to make herself look older, then go right ahead. May the odds be ever in your favor.
You might like this if you liked: none of the other Hunger Games movies.