Mockingjay Part 2

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Another saga has come to an end. Tony suggested earlier in the week that we go see this, especially since we saw the first one in theaters. For whatever reason, we failed to see the middle two in theaters, but I, of course, own them. I’m glad we saw this in theaters, I’m just thinking we shouldn’t have taken the kids.

The movie picks up immediately after part one, you know, Peeta trying to strangle Katniss and doing a good job of it. As explained at the end of Mockingjay Part 1, Peeta was conditioned, through fear and pain, to hate Katniss.

As usual with book to movie productions, they’ve punched up the action sequences. Some of them to a frightening degree. The Capitol “Mutts”, the ones that, in the book, were similar to the dogs from the Hunger Games, took on the traits of the zombies from I Am Legend. They were fast moving and scary as hell. Chiara had her face hidden for most of that scene.

There were some beautiful moments to make up for that one horrifying scene. When Finnick marries Annie, the ceremony and after party are beautiful and full of fun, including a tender moment between Prim and Katniss.

The whole movie you are seeing the darker side of revolution. Realizing that, while trying to remove an evil man from power, the evil can come out in people. You see a darker side of Coin, realizing that she is willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in her fight to ‘free the districts’. That kind of thinking can be dangerous.

Especially for people who haven’t read the books, even for myself who read the books, it was painful at times watching Peeta struggle to find his way back from the darkness he was living in. The movie does a good job showing that it’s not easy to come back. Flashbacks, progress, then slipping back. It’s can be emotional. Real or not real? You’ll understand if you’ve read the books or after you see the movie.

******SPOILER ALERT******

The expected scenes from the book were included. I was happy with the wedding, as I already said. Finnick’s death at the hands of the zombie – like mutts was even more horrifying than I remember from the book.
Prim’s death is as I remember, abrupt and unbelievable. It happens so quickly, and the movie moves on, so you don’t really have time to focus on it.
The execution scene, where Katniss is going to kill Snow, is very dramatic. The build-up, the crowd following close, waiting to see the death of their oppressor. Then the sudden twist, when Katniss kills Coin.
A heartbreaking scene for me, but a lot of the theater found it kind of funny, was when Katniss told Buttercup, the cat, about Prim being gone. The cat’s face, which was in typical ‘whatever’ mode, made a lot of people laugh. While I had tears rolling down my face.

******END SPOILERS******

For the book lovers, I think the movie followed well. Please don’t be one of those people that wants the book to follow exactly because we all know certain things don’t translate well.

If you’ve seen the other movies, you must see this amazing finale. I enjoyed it and look forward to owning it.

Happy Hunger Games everyone! And may the odds be ever in your favor.

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