While Mockingjay Part 2 remained fairly faithful to the books — accelerating the plot the way the film did left audiences who did the reading thirsty for more.
The second part of Mockingjay and last instalment of The Hunger Games series wrapped up the trilogy in an action-packed film that offered a vague sense of closure for viewers who developed attachments to the characters over the years the franchise was live. But while they did their best to fit in as much content from the book as possible — some of the favourite scenes got lost in the process.
Human connections and strong lady-bonding were sacrificed as the movie opted to trade in these pivotal character moments for war-focused action scenes. More female-driven scenes between several characters could have happened to add richness to the film. Whether it was between the Mockingjay and President Coin (Julianne Moore) or the Mockingjay and her sister (y’know, the catalyst of rebellion really). In fact, some of the females they decided to have on screen were nothing but throw-away characters that did nothing to advance the plot — like the Leeg twins in the “Star Squad”.
Of course we’re going to address the lack of axes and arrows — the bonding scenes between District 12’s Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and District 7’s Johanna Mason (Jena Malone). In the book, the reader is treated to their connection strengthening through training — we’re offered character depth for the older victor and find out just how badly they tortured her in the Capital. Joniss fans will feel ripped off — and rightfully so — as the movie offers a few decent exchanges between the two strong female characters but abandons significant storylines integral to deeper character development. For example, not only did they leave out the fact Katniss and Johanna were roommates — but the pine bundle scene never happened on screen.
This is because most of the movie was focused on the war itself. While the film already had a potential lady loving storyline for Katniss — much of the screen time in Mockingjay Part 2 was offered to Cressida (Natalie Dormer) and no one will be surprised if a few fan fictions pop up about these two.
Staying true to the books, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) both continue to pine after Katniss. The romance feels forced and if Peeta were to ask, “Real or not real” — we’d tell him. Not real. At all.
But as expected, the sensitive viewer will still get a flood of feels and the quality of production is on point. The acting has certainly improved throughout the franchise’s life and the action scenes are pretty exciting. More comic relief would have only added to the film, but we’ll let that one slide. Also, with the exception of two notable characters, representation was lacking — but we were already expecting that.
For those already invested in The Hunger Games, watching this movie will be inevitable. Was it the strongest finale — hard to say. The ending was weak and the last scene was awkward (we’ll avoid spoiling it for you). Joniss fans will be deeply disappointed but the movie is still worth watching.
Image credit: Tumblr/chizuu/mara-amitra