Is the “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” worth watching?

The last movie of the Hunger Games trilogy has finally come to an end. Was Part 2 worth the one year wait? This question lingered in my head as I walked out the door after I watched “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.”

Unfortunately, the previous sequel, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” was not the best movie in the trilogy, compared to the first two movies: “The Hunger Games” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” The movie dragged out one recurring theme throughout – saving Peeta and a lost nation. I was anticipating much more from the “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.”

The last episode of the trilogy,“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” depicted Katniss Everdeen, the main protagonist and a reluctant leader of the rebellion against the Capitol, bringing an army together called the ‘rebels.’ With her military and propaganda crew, including brainwashed Peeta, Katniss set out on a plan to go to the Capitol and kill President Snow.

As one of the most watched dystopia-based movies, the last chapter of the Hunger Games series received high ratings of 7.3/10 on IMDB and 71/100 on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Along with the high reviews on online-movie rating sites, Lionsgate’s domestic chief, David Spitz said, “Any time we can have a conversation about a movie grossing over $100 million in its opening weekend, that’s an unbelievable result.”

Also, The Wrap stated that the movie is “smart, exciting and heartfelt” and that “this closing chapter turns out to be one of this year’s most satisfying popcorn movies.”

However, there are always criticisms along with positive reviews, and the last movie of the trilogy is no exception. “The very fact that ‘The Hunger Games’ exists — much less became a major film franchise! — goes against so much of what we understand about what audiences want to see nowadays…It’s grim throughout, and by the end it’s largely abandoned the typical blockbuster format to focus on tiny, interpersonal scenes about how hard it is to live in times of war,” stated Tom VanDerWerff, an editor at the online blogging service, Vox.

Vox was not alone in the criticism of the movie. The Wall Street Journal also claimed that the film “did not hit the bullseye.”

While most of the online critics say that the Hunger Games was not worth the wait, I believe that the “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” deserves the hype. As one of the biggest fans of the trilogy, I think Francis Lawrence succeeded in grabbing the audience’s attention in the action scenes when the whole military squad gets together in the Capitol to destroy President Snow. Not only this, the scenes which showed the group fighting for their lives were enthralling.

Most movie lovers say that “a good ending indicates a good movie.” Luckily, the “Part 2 of Mockingjay” clearly abides by that cliche. The ending of this movie is the most important – it concluded the dystopian world of the Hunger Games. And because there was a plot twist in the end, the ending came as a surprise. I give them major bonus points for that.
My Rating:

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So why not grab a bag of popcorn and a ticket to check out the last movie of the Hunger Games trilogy?

Author: Jenny Kim

Jenny Kim is a senior, and this is her second year as a reporter of the Eye. She was born in Korea, but she came to Singapore at the age of nine. She enjoys playing tennis/golf, listening to music, hanging out with friends and family during her free time. She can be contacted at kim33424@sas.edu.sg.

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