The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
November 25, 2015
So, that was a little awkward after the events of the last couple weeks, what with all the bombings and civilian casualties.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the movie a lot, thought it was a worthy end to the series — especially after being so burned by The Hobbit last year. (I confess to being worried — this breaking things up into two movies and endless drawn out series thing rarely seems to work well.) But it was impossible to watch without thinking about the real world. Which I think is one of the strengths of this story, but it was still uncomfortable realizing that our heroes, when cast in a certain light, are in fact terrorists. (Which is why what Katniss does at the end is so necessary — she’s checking out of the whole damn system.)
The pacing went fast. A lot got glossed over, and I was glad I had read the book — I wondered if someone who hadn’t might be a little lost, or if the slam-bang action made that not matter so much. But I think what I admire most is the demonstration of how a fantastic, Oscar-calibre cast (seriously, how many Oscars and nominations does that cast have between them?) can elevate a cheesy over-the-top story into something dramatic and powerful. If these movies succeed so well I think the cast deserves a ton of credit.
I felt the movie pulled some punches on that last scene. I mean, I’m happy they did that last scene, which in the book pulled together Katniss’s entire arc and made abundantly clear that this story is not meant to celebrate her heroism, and that her damage will never truly be repaired. But the movie insists on a happy ending, only fleetingly mitigated by past trauma. So, you know: read the book.