A Franchise’s Fitting Finale


Packed with action from beginning to end, Mockingjay Part 2 did not disappoint on this front; however, the pacing of the entire movie was completely off – probably as a result of Lionsgate’s decision to split the movie into two parts.

The movie opened up with Katniss nursing some injuries inflicted by former “lover boy” Peeta, a recently-turned nutcase controlled by the Capitol. Though the relationship between Katniss and Peeta was strained to say the least, both Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson beautifully showcased how difficult it was for Katniss and Peeta to repatch their relationship.

On the other hand, Lawrence’s relationship with longtime hunting partner Gale Hawthorne – played by Liam Hemsworth – was unsatisfying to say the least. Trite dialogues that dealt with the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale were completely unnecessary and didn’t provide any sort of resolution.

Mockingjay did have its share of thrilling moments, however, especially with the appearance of the Inferi-esque mutts in the tunnels. But without a definitive element that kept the plot moving (like the Games and the Quarter Quell did in the first two installments), Mockingjay lulled at times. Rather than keeping my eyes rooted on the screen, I found myself checking my phone or glancing around the theater while concepts like the “pods,” or the booby traps found in the streets, were being explained.

Lionsgate did make a smart move by staying true to the events in the Mockingjay novel, especially with Finnick and Prim’s deaths. I teared up when Lawrence broke down into tears and screamed, “she’s gone!” at Prim’s cat with vehement emotion after Prim’s death. Lawrence’s brave acting reminded me of the sweetness of sisterhood and what loss really feels like.

Unfortunately, the much-anticipated “20 years later” segment of the movie left me wanting more. Clad in a very un-Katniss flowery dress, Lawrence nursed her two babies while Peeta, now a father, played in the field with his son.

Though this ending was true to the novel, I wish that the movie had shown clips of what other characters like Gale and Katniss’ mother ended up doing for the rest of their lives. Overall, Mockingjay Part 2 did have its glimmers of brilliance, but the movie was a huge letdown.