The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2 (2015)

All good things must come to an end, right? After Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) is brainwashed by the capital, he attacks Katnis Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). This pushes her over-the-top and she is ready to fight and finish President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Now that there will be huge war going on, it is up to Katnis to be the leader for everybody, even though every move she is making is being planned out by President Coin (Julianne Moore). Coin and Plutarch Heavensbee (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) are constantly working on what the plan will be to finish Snow once and for all. Katnis and the rest of the soldiers have to reach District 2 and then fight their way inside of the Capitol where they will find Snow. Katnis will do whatever it takes to make sure she reaches the capital and kills Snow and puts an end to all this madness.

Well, the past four years have been quite enjoyable while waiting for the next installment of The Hunger Games to come out. It was always a treat and something that I always looked forward to. With that being said, all things must come to an end, good or bad. Thankfully, this has been a rather good franchise and I’ve been happy with every film made, especially this one. What makes these movies sos special is that they are all movies that appeal to loads of people and are loved all over the world. With Mockingjay- Part 2, we definitely do feel like this is the end of Hunger Games. Even though there is definitely a bittersweet feeling here, it could not have gone out without a bigger bang. Regardless of Mockingjay- Part 1 being made only to make a crap load of money, it definitely redeemed itself with this new movie. For this, I am incredibly grateful and very happy.

Jennifer Lawrence has proved to be one of the best actresses in Hollywood, if not the best. She proves to everybody that she can play any role in any film. The Hunger Games are what kind of put her on the map and I’m definitely glad they did. Lawrence seemed like she really had an interest in playing Katnis. I even enjoyed Josh Hutcherson in all these films. I’ve never been one to really have an interest in the work he does, but with Hunger Games, he really does impress you. What’s great about this movie is that it feels like there is a huge amount of darkness and suspense revolving around it. I think Donald Sutherland appeared to be more creepy in this film then the first three. My favorite scene from this film was right at the end with him. I won’t tell you what it was because I don’t want to give away a spoiler, but you’ll know when you see it. I did however, think that Julianne Moore wasn’t all that great, but it’s still Julianne Moore, so we can let that one slide.

Mockingjay- Part 2 is the kind of movie that you hope to see when reaching the end of a great series. Similar to The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, this movie does everything right and will make you realize why you spent the last four years awaiting the release of the new movie. What’s especially great about this movie is that everything about it is interesting. While it definitely may be slightly too long, you can easily look past that because of how much is happening and how much action sequences we are given with this. If you are someone like myself who did not know the ending of this film, you will really enjoy what it gives you. Having said that, my major issue with the film was that the ending was incredibly predictable as the ending became closer and closer, but that doesn’t really matter. I would still not change a thing about this and want to thank the creators for giving us a franchise that we will love and cherish forever.

Overall, Mockingjay- Part 2 is a film that finally shuts the door to all of The Hunger Games. This movie is not only the last movie of the franchise, but it’s without-a-doubt the best one out of them. Thank you Hunger Games for providing us with four straight movies of excitement, entertainment and emotion. This is definitely a job well-done with these movies!

Grade: A


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