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.

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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.

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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.

Hocking Hills, Ohio

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I like to add side trips on road trips. It occasionally drives my husband insane, but he usually goes along with it. Yesterday we took our kids to West Virginia, the half way point between my parents and I. Mom and dad wanted to take the kids for a week before bringing them back next weekend. It gives Tony and I chance for some quality time and the kids love spending time with Nana & Papa.
I’ve had this pin for awhile but we haven’t had the chance to get there yet. It’s only a little over two hours away from us, just south of Columbus, yet we couldn’t find the time. It added not quite an hour to our drive, but it was worth it to check this place out to make sure it was good for the kids. We brought the dogs for our drive and they loved it too.
We got there later than I had wanted to, but that usually happens when I spend time with my mom. It was around 7:30 when we got there and there were signs telling us the park closes at dark, unless of course you were using one of the campgrounds or cabins. So we parked at the Cedar Falls parking lot and made our way down the pathway to the falls themselves.
It was a quad burning path, and I definitely felt the burn this morning. They have stairs going down then you wind on through the woods. The whole vibe is very much the land that time forgot. Have you seen the Hunger Games? It reminded Tony of the arena, so of course when he mentioned that u started whistling like Katniss. It was a great moment because all of the rocks were bouncing the sound back at us.
Cedar Falls was beautiful. The picture shows how it splits and comes back. You can walk in the water and get right up under the falls. I waded in a little bit with Zuko, but as we didn’t have a change of clothes or towels, we didn’t want to get too wet.
When we left the falls, we had a little time left, so we started making our way to the Old Man’s Cave. It was a 2 mile hike, and I stress hike, so we didn’t manage to make it all the way there. We did see Ash Cave along the way.
All of these hikes are not for the faint. They do have wooden markers, so you know you haven’t gone off course, but the term path is being used lightly. I ended up going barefoot, note the picture on the left, because flip-flops did not work on our path.
The dogs did really well. Juliet was a little hesitant, but she is 11 years old, and she did much better on the trip back to the van. Zuko was ready to continue on, as a puppy, he has no fear. Tony and I decided we will definitely come back. We’ll either wait for the kids to get a little older, I don’t want to carry Chiara over those paths, or we’ll spend a weekend there, just the two of us. I’ve never been camping, aside from the backyard, and I think this would be alot of fun!
I’d definitely recommend this as a point of interest if you’re passing through the Columbus area. Make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes and have plenty of time to wander. I can’t wait to go back and see the Old Man’s Cave and the Rock Bridge.
Original pin can be found at http://www.hockinghills.com/parks.html and it is also the official site.
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