Flash Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

This review comes with a disclaimer; I may have been influenced due to events that were out of my control. The evening had started out ideally for me since this movie was starting right after work. Luckily there wasn’t a big crowd buying tickets for this showing so my favorite seat was still available. I nestled into my seat before the start of 16 minutes worth of previews. We were 50 minutes into the movie before the screen suddenly went dark, followed by the light fixtures that were perched on the walls between the speakers. I looked up towards the projection booth that was steeped in darkness. Not sure what was happening I stayed in my seat like everyone else in the theater. It was no more than one to two minutes before the entire theater turned pitch black as all the remaining lights, including the running floor ones, lost power. Before anyone had time to take out their cell phone to use as a flashlight, several piercing bright strobe lights started flashing around the theater and a recorded voice announced there was an incident in the theater. The recording told us to walk not run in an orderly fashion to the nearest exit and leave the building immediately. My first reaction was annoyance that this was interrupting my movie watching experience. But as I noticed several patrons running to the exits, I was hit with a new reality. Since the exit to the main hallway was closest to me I made my way to it and slowly stuck my head out. There were people coming out of the multiple theaters, heading towards the main lobby. The building had lost power. We were ushered out the main doors where we stood for 20-25 minutes until power was restored and then allowed back in to finish watching our films.    WITH the districts forming alliances Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle, X-Men franchise), had to convince them to direct their energy towards the capital and President Snow, played by Donald Sutherland (The Italian Job, An American Haunting). For the final installment to this science fiction adventure it was fortunate that Jennifer was the lead. Her acting along with Josh Hutcherson (Red Dawn, The Kids Are All Right) as Peeta Mellark kept me interested through the long script. I think it would have been better if the movie studio had not decided to split the last book into 2 films because I felt this one had a lot of filler in it. The 2nd half of this adventure picture was more exciting to me, though I enjoyed the mixture of emotions Peeta and Katniss were displaying in their roles. The movie as a whole was bleak where it felt as if it was going through a checklist of things to include in the story without going into much depth. Maybe due to my disruption, but this finale did not go out with a bang.


2 3/4 stars




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on November 23, 2015, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I took my older three boys to see this on Saturday evening. We are all big HG fans – books and movies – but we too were left a bit disappointed by this conclusion to the franchise. Our experience too may have colored our view: we had to sit in the front row and ended up with stiff necks. That sucked big time. Like you, I think splitting the movie in two parts was an error as there was definitely padding in this movie and it had a very slow start and kind of ended limply. There was actually more material in the book they could have utilized to make the movie more action packed and pacey.

  2. Thanks for your honest review. The original Hunger Games was a good movie. Every subsequent feature has disappointed.

  3. Sorry you had to endure that power outage, but thank you for persisting to the end so you could review the movie.

  4. I disagree with your review but I still enjoyed reading it. The Hunger Games and Catching Fire were different than Mockingjay in the books and the movies in regards to what’s going on in the story. Hunger Games and Catching Fire took place mainly in the capital/arena whereas Mockingjay was all out war. The movies didn’t fully integrate the descriptions and subplots thoroughly from the books. Overall, although Mockingjay wasn’t like the first two, the conclusion to the series made a lot of sense and I don’t think it was disappointing. All the questions were answered and there were so much symbolic events that occurred that actually made it quite spectacular. But to each his own. Nice post! 🙂

    • Thanks for telling me about the difference in the books compared to the movies. I am glad you enjoyed the movies so much; my philosophy has always been if a movie moves you in either direction then it has done it job. Appreciate you taking the time to leave your comments and allowing me to see a film through someone else’s eyes. Thank you.

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