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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) - Arrow Misses the Mark: A Lukewarm Finale

Updated: Jan 26

Rating: ★★½☆☆ (2.5/5 stars)

Released 11-20-2015

Watched 01-15-2024

Reviewed 01-26-2024

Rented on iTunes

"We all have one enemy, and that's Snow! He corrupts everyone and everything!"

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" concludes the dystopian saga with a blend of action and political intrigue, but unfortunately, it falls short in delivering a satisfying finale. The movie, while visually impressive, suffers from a plodding pace and an over-reliance on dark, brooding atmospheres, which often overshadow the more compelling elements of the story.

Jennifer Lawrence, as Katniss Everdeen, continues to shine with a strong performance, bringing depth and emotion to her character. However, the supporting cast, though talented, is given little room to develop, leaving many characters feeling underutilized or forgotten in the sprawling narrative.

The film's action sequences are well-crafted but are few and far between, leading to a sense of unfulfilled potential, especially considering the buildup from the previous movies. The political commentary, a cornerstone of the series, is present but feels heavy-handed and somewhat muddled, detracting from the story's coherence.

In conclusion, "Mockingjay - Part 2" is a visually striking film with a standout performance by Jennifer Lawrence, but it is hampered by its pacing and narrative choices. It's a passable conclusion to the series, but it lacks the emotional resonance and clarity that made earlier installments more engaging. Fans of the series might find value in its conclusion, but others may be left wanting.


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