The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 – Film Review

Duration: 2 hr 17 mins

Rating: 12A

Release Date(UK): 19 November 2015

Genre: Adventure, science fiction, drama, young adult,

Director: Francis Lawrence

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Sam Claflin, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Willow Shields…

Description: Panem is in the last stages of the rebellion, the rebels have won over all the districts except two but after that they’ve got the Capitol to face and it may be harder than they thought because they’re not only going into a place packed with peace keepers and people that have spent their lives watching the districts’ deaths for entertainment but President Snow has turned the Capitol into a minefield… also known as the seventy-sixth annual hunger games.

My Thoughts: I have been waiting to watch this film ever since it came out on November 19th but it was only on December 30th that I actually had some available time to go and see it.

My expectations for this film weren’t very high as I thought the book was the weaker of the three (you can read my book review here) but the film proved me wrong and now I’m going to tell you why.

From the very start of the film it was interest, you wanted to know what was going to happen next, you were on the edge of your seat with excitement and this just grew and grew. You were so mesmerised in following Katniss’ every move, her every thought and Jennifer Lawrence does the part so well.

Your love for the characters is a lot more developed by the last film, you don’t want any of them to die; you don’t want any of them to get hurt; you want them to live happily ever after, but you know they’re at war and you’re scared of what the outcome might be.

When I was reading the book you got to the middle and everything kind of slowed down and just stopped but because it was a film and it skipped all of the boring bits there wasn’t a second that you were bored it was just action, suspense and fear every second and it was brilliant!

Although there were a few things that had been changed in the film or missed out that I might have otherwise kept the same it didn’t really matter because I was so drawn in that I hardly had time to worry or think about the things they had left out or changed.

Not only had they changed or left out a few things it was also not in anyway how I imagined it in my head but at the same time it was better and suited it a lot more than how I had imagined.

The whole cast are so amazingly talented and by the end of the film I was really sad that we will never see them all together in the same cast again, there won’t be anymore Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Haymitch or any of the other characters I have grown to adore. And it really breaks my heart and you know what? Not just the characters but the whole thing, there is no more Hunger Games and in a way when I was watching the film I felt like I was actually part of a rebellion, I felt like my country was in a rebellion and I was sat there watching it on the news rooting for my side, for the rebels to win and it was so completely bizarre but at the same time I felt so completely connected and I will never feel that connection again because the Hunger Games is over and every time I re-watch it I’ll know what’s going to happen but at the same time every single time it will feel like the first time.

I am so grateful to Suzanne Collins for writing The Hunger Games and to the cast and crew of the films for bringing the franchise to life. And I am so grateful that they all played a part in teaching me about society, capitalism, politics and every other great thing I learnt through reading and watching The Hunger Games and also for teaching me that you never stand alone, that there is always someone who will listen, who will care, who will fight. And if you really work for it you can always make a difference. I am forever grateful for being taught this lesson…

I started watching this film thinking it wasn’t going to be one of the best of the four but I was really highly mistaken, because although my thoughts on the book were slightly pessimistic The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 has very easily become my second favourite of the four although it’s possible that it’s a tied first place with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is still in cinemas so if you can I’d go and see it before it’s too late! Because I promise you it truly is amazing!

5/5 stars!

Please feel free to post a comment telling me your thoughts on the film (or if you’ve read the book you can post your thoughts here) If you haven’t read or watched the film then go and do that now then come back here and post your comments!

May The Hunger Games live on in our hearts…

Warnings: scenes of violence, some kissing, some scenes may be upsetting or scary. For full details click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1951266/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information on the film and cast click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1951266/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Other Information: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is based off the book written by Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay is the last book in the trilogy – The Hunger Games being the first and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire being the second – and was turned into a two-part film in 2014 with the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and then later on the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 in November 2015 which concluded the trilogy.

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