The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Reviews
Which I fell asleep watching, making me have to re-watch it.
This one was downright boring. There were numerous scenes where Katniss or some other character was just dreaming away or sitting around brooding. It took quite a while for anything to start happening in the movie.
When something started happening it was the same mess of political, unbelievably stupid, propaganda, messy and unintelligent fight scenes, Katniss walking around looking, I do not really known, disconcerted, sad, disturbed, whatever.
How the chief villains (yes plural) was one could figure out without too much effort. The moment the flyer came into the picture and started to fly over the refuges and the children not only I but all of my kids as well guessed who had sent it.
There is really only two things that I liked about this movie. One is that Donald Sutherland was really good. The other is the ending which, although being 100% predictable, was quite satisfying. Well, that scene (everyone having seen the movie knows which scene I am referring to) is where I consider the movie to have ended. After that it was only boring filler scenes remaining.
The plot is basically this. OK, well not as ridiculous as that. But there isn't much to separate it from the countless other post-apocalyptic(ish) young adult stories like Mazerunner or Divergent. That doesn't mean it's bad, just not as interesting as the first films (even if that was basically stolen from Battle Royale, but there is no reason to go down that road again). There is a lot of potential to be had. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is tired of seeing death and destruction in war and being used as a symbol. First she was used by the powers that be and now by the resistance.
There is brutal violence (well as brutal as PG-13 allows). Everything is gray and decrepit. There is short discussions about who is in the right and when is killing justified. It has all the makings of something serious and mature. Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut then you have sappy, unnecessary love triangle drama and overly complicated, ludicrously inefficient death traps set by the Capitol that really takes you out of it. The silly sounding names don't help - president Snow and President Coin. Really? Those are the names you chose?There were more unintentional laughs to be had at the ridiculousness of some of the events than there were moments of drama or tension
The death traps were basically there just to remind people how cool the first The Hunger Games were. Remember Elizabeth Banks' fun little side character, Effie, from the first films. Well, be prepared to have several close up shots of her for no real reason. Why am I supposed to care about her at all? She, like so much else within the film, is just there to remind you of the past. Though the Harry Potter series is far from perfect, at least when it went dark and serious it committed to it. The Hunger Games really half-assed it.
This film also plays into the trope of good and evil being black and white. There is a vague flirtation with a gray area, however, by the end of film all moral ambiguity is lost. It is crystal clear who the good guys and who the bad guys are. The film definitely tries, at least a little bit, to have an anti-war/anti-violence message, yet doesn't grasp the potential for addressing the topic of the fluid nature of good and evil and asking the question if ends justify the means.
Perhaps I'm asking the film too much. In the end is still a film meant for a younger audience. For them, perhaps the love triangle isn't distracting and straightforwardness of the plot and themes is engaging enough. But as someone who enjoyed the first two films, I am disappointed that this one had lost all the magic the series had at the start.