The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Reviews
The first Hunger Games was OK- it was pretty much an expensive version of Fukasaku's Battle Royale (from the year 2000 if I recall correctly). In hindsight it felt like a dress rehearsal for the second instalment.
Catching Fire was a major improvement, with the socio-political elements of the Panem societies explored, and with real suspense and tension in the second half of the film.
Mocking Jay part 1 felt like a couple of 2004 battle star galactica episodes, with a lot of back and forth in political maneuvering through info and propaganda battles. It is an escalation on the world building beyond the televised battle to the death arena.
Mockingjay part 2, was a nice wrap up to the entire series, showing how societies are never as black and white as oppressors and oppressed, good guys and bad guys. In a power struggle of politics and war, nobody really wins.
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.