Hollywood has a history of making drastic changes to a book to movie series, but The Hunger Games has done an incredible job at translating it to the screen. Mockingjay Part 2 hits theaters today, and I suggest you bring your tissues. I am a big fan of the books, so I was well prepared for the heartbreak and chaos that was to come in the movie.
Jennifer Lawrence has progressively nailed playing Katniss Everdeen. For someone so goofy and lively, she plays a character that is the complete opposite. In Mockingjay Part 2, I was completely blown away by her performance and that of Josh Hutcheson. Peeta’s role takes a big leap in this section of the series. Katniss’s love for him only strengthens, and it is exactly what he needs to heal.
Jena Malone brought some comical relief to the film and oddly enough there were a few spots that Snow made a joke here and there.
I have been looking forward to this film because the action that takes place in the Capitol was heart pounding and quick. It was the same in the movie. Part 1 of Mockingjay was fluff and drama while Part 2 was the majority of the storyline. Throughout the film, I found myself laughing, crying, and hiding under my jacket.
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Literally, hiding, because when those mutts that chase them through the underground tunnels appeared, I was scared. That is reason number 1 why I highly suggest not bring young ones to this movie. It is a movie about war because the Capitol sacrificed the nation’s children for sport, after all. Then the characters we love start to perish. It’s unrealistic if we think that the team sent in to kill President Snow would make it to his mansion (the lovely Swan House here in Atlanta), without losing a few members of the team.
As a mother, it was especially hard to see the final scenes of the battle. Children that are crying in fear or pain are an immediate trigger for the water works. There are a lot of them too. I won’t give away the how movie but a lot of people die, and the war ends. The powerful get what is coming to them, and we move to a new era in Panem.
We are given a beautiful look into Katniss’s happily ever after. What I thought was a cheesy end to the book turned out to be the perfect ending to the movie. The final chapter shows Katniss and Peeta living their beautiful life in District 12 with a family. Katniss shares a moment with the baby in her arms nearly word for word from the book. I was able to leave the theater with a smile.
I drove home with a giant lump of emotion in my throat. That feeling you get when you are trying to hold back the tears because if you start crying you may never stop. That’s how I felt after watching Mockingjay Part 2. The saga is over, and it was ended perfectly.