I watched the PG-13 rated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 last night. It’s the fourth and final installment of the Hunger Games series. The story in this installment takes place right after Mockingjay Part 1. In the previous installment, Katniss spent quite a bit of her time as the propaganda piece for the rebels. But in part two, she returns to the battlefield. This time around, she’s not fighting to stay alive in the Hunger Games arena. Instead, she and the rebels are at war with the Capitol. I enjoyed the conclusion to the Hunger Games story, but I thought the ending was a bit long (kinda of like the ending for the final Hobbit movie). The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (Lionsgate) is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD. In addition, The Hunger Games: Complete 4 Film Collection is also available as a box set.
Rebels Take the War to the Capitol
In Mockingjay Part 1, the districts are in open war with the Capitol, which bombed and destroyed District 12. The first part of Mockingjay ended with the rescue of Peeta and a couple of other Victors from the Hunger Games Quarter Quell. In Mockingjay Part 2, Katniss and the rebels take the war to the Capitol. But President Snow knows the rebels are coming. So he booby traps the streets with bombs and other deadly weapons.
Tragedy Strikes Again
Just when the rebels are about to capture President Snow, tragedy strikes again. This time it hits close to home for Katniss. The tragedy is personal and alters Katniss’ destiny once again. The Hunger Games and the war has already taken a heavy toll on Katniss. But the latest tragedy was the one that pushed her over the edge.
An Annoying Change Near the End
For the most part, the movie seems to follow the book. However, I did notice what I consider a big change in how one of the characters was kill. I’m not going to ruin it for those of you have not seen the film yet, but in the book, a main character was killed by Katniss. But in the movie, the mob killed the person instead. The change isn’t a game changer, but the way the person was killed in the book was so much more satisfying.
Long and Slow Ending
After the war has ended, the story drags on for a long time. If you’ve read the book, then you already know the story doesn’t end right after the war has been won. Instead, it brings closure to the story by showing that time helps heal even the most tragic events in a person’s life. Personally, I thought the movie should have ended when Katniss put an end to tyrants in the Capitol. I know that’s not where the book ended, but to me, the ending of the war seems like a good place to end the movie.
Jennifer Lawrence is the Star Again
Jennifer Lawrence returns again as Katniss Everdeen. I think Lawrence has done a great job as the reluctant hero of the series. In my opinion, the character was casted perfectly. Other cast members include Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Donald Sutherland (President Snow), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutarch Heavensbee), Julianne Moore (President Alma Coin), Willow Shields (Primrose Everdeen), Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Mahershala Ali (Boggs), Jena Malone (Johanna Mason), Jeffrey Wright (Beetee), Paula Malcomson (Katniss’ Mother), and Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman). The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 was directed by Francis Lawrence.
Limited Edition Special Features
According to the Limited Edition sticker on my Blu-ray Combo Pack, it includes the movie in Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, plus over five hours of extras. The film is over two hours long, so I have not had time to watch all 5+ hours of special features. From what I’ve seen, all the bonus features were interesting, but a bit on the dry side. The exception was Jet to the Set, which was hosted by two women with enthusiasm and dynamic personalities. The two women basically take you to all the cool locations in the film. For instance, Atlanta was the actual location for the Capitol. BTW, the 8-part Pawns No More is over two hours long.
- Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson
- Pawns No More: Making The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 8-Part Documentary (Blu-ray/ Digital HD only)
- Walking Through Fire (Concluding the Saga)
- Real or Not Real (Visual Design)
- High-Value Targets (The Acting Ensemble)
- From Head to Toe (Costume, Make-up and Hair)
- Navigating the Minefield (Production in Atlanta, Paris and Berlin)
- Collateral Damage (Stunts, Special Effects and Weapons)
- Tightening the Noose (The Post-Production Process
- A Different World (Reflections)
- The Hunger Games: A Photographic Journey
- Cinna’s Sketchbook: Secrets of the Mockingjay Armor
- Jet to the Set (Blu-ray/ Digital HD only)
- Panem on Display: The Hunger Games: The Exhibition
More info: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Blu-ray