Thursday night was definitely bittersweet. Of course I was excited to finally watch Mockingjay Part 2, one we’ve all been waiting for, but knowing that this…is…it, was heart breaking. The final goodbye to the series.
As a fan of the books, way before the movies even came out, I was holding the films like a security blanket, if you will. Saying goodbye to the films was like saying goodbye to the book series all over again.
Did they end it they way it deserved?
Onto the review! WARNING YOU NOW THAT THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN ACCORD!
The film starts off after part 1, where Katniss is recovering from Peeta nearly strangling her to death. With medical attention, Katniss begins to acknowledge that Peeta isn’t really with them, mentality. Katniss slowly starts losing hope in getting Peeta to his original state when he screamed at Prim about killing Katniss and Katniss being a mutt from the Capitol.
Katniss, feeling helpless when it comes towards Peeta, gears up for war. Coin and Heavensbee continue to use Katniss to lure out anyone willing to fight for her or better yet with her.
When a rebel shots Katniss, Katniss accepts that the only way to end the war is to kill President Snow. However, with Katniss as the face of the revolution, Coin declines Katniss’s offer. With the help of Johanna, Katniss sneaks away and joins Gale as well as newlywed Finnick in fighting with the rebels.
Just as the squad is settling down Peeta arrives, handcuffed and all, orders from Coin. Boggs, the leader of the squad confide in Katniss that Coin and the other should not be trusted. Coin wants power and since Katniss is holding the key to that power, Coin finds her a threat.
I mean you wouldn’t want to be in Katniss’s shoes! First worrying about her family, then becoming a symbol of hope (to which she never asked for) to now worrying about the people who are suppose to be helping her trying to kill her!
When the squad begins to move to a new location in Panem, Peeta blows a fuse! Certain things tend to trigger episodes that lead to attacking Katniss. Katniss is then asked that is the time came to put him down, would she do it? Just then Peeta beings to ask her what is real and not real, because of the brainwash the Capitol manipulated his memories.
Katniss is hit with reality that if her life was being threatened by Peeta she wouldn’t be able to kill him.
F.Y.I PEOPLE DIE IN THIS MOVIE! Yeah, the past three movies people died but it was definitely a sucker punch in this one!
Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Finnick, and the others are attacked by mutts in the sewers, trying to sneak closer to Snow’s mansion, we get a gutt wrenching scene of one of our favorite characters die.
Finnick is grabbed mutts and begin to what could only be described as eaten alive. Katniss sets the holographic map that Boggs gave her before his dying breath, to detonate to give Finnick a quick death.
Katniss and the rest are sheltered by Tigress, a former fashion designer for the games. President Snow announces that all refugee are welcome in his home, making it easier to hide in plain sight for Katniss and Gale to enter the mansion.
Just as the are about to enter the gates, Katniss notices that Peacemakers are removing all hoods off the people’s faces to make sure no rebels enter, like Katniss and Gale. Kaniss and Gale begin to turn back when bombs explode. A Capitol hovercraft flies over them and drops parachutes disguised as supplies explodes killing many of the people.
A team of rebel medics arrive the injured, when Katniss notices Prim is among them. Just as Katniss calls for her a second bomb explodes killing Prim and sending Katniss into unconsciousness.
Katniss wakes up and learns about Prim’s death, and the capture of President Snow. Katniss confronts Snow about her sister when he reveals that Coin was responsible. Katniss is hesitant to believe him when he reminds her that they made a promise to always be truthful to each other.
Katniss then remembers that the bomb that killed Prim was the same tactic Gale had been working on. When confronted, Gale didn’t answer. Katniss says goodbye to Gale.
Coin is then named President of Panem until it’s put into a vote, calls all the remaining victors, including Anne, who takes Finnick’s place, into a meeting. Coin wants a vote to hold a final Hunger games with the Capitol’s children in honor of the ones lost. The vote is left to Katniss and Haymitch. Katniss votes yes for Prim, to which Haymitch supports.
Katniss asks Coin if she could be the one to execute Snow. Coin agrees!
Katniss walks up to Snow and ready’s her bow and shoots, but not at Snow, but Coin, and kills her. The people then rush to Snow and kill him one by one.
Katniss and Haymitch return to District 12 to live in peace. Katniss is back at her house when she won the Hunger games and is surprised by Buttercup, Prim’s cat.
Katniss isn’t seen grieving or losing it because of the death of her sister and partly because of the shock it all and let’s face it, she didn’t get the time to mourn.
However, when Katniss sees Buttercup, she loses all control. Katniss realizes her sister is gone. It was just an amazing scene done by Jennifer Lawrence that brought tears to my eyes.
Katniss goes to her old hunting spot and is shocked to see it all green when it was all dark and practically dying.
When she arrives back home, Peeta is waiting for her. Katniss is relieved and slowly Peeta is begins to regain his memories.
Peeta asks Katniss “You love me. Real or not real?” Her reply is “real.” Which at this point my sobs are uncontrollable! Not because it’s the moment their relationship is mended but because it is word for word from the book.
The very end of the movie, that surprised me, because I didn’t know they were going to add it, was their future. Katniss is in the field with Peeta and their two children. Katniss begins to tell her her infant that she still has nightmares, but begins to think about all the good things. Even the little things that most people think shouldn’t matter. She constantly thinks about it, over and over again, like a game.
She concludes,”although it gets boring at times, there are much worse games to play”.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 ended beautifully! I couldn’t be happier, as a movie-goer and book fan! The performances were amazing! The scenery was spectacular! Most importantly, it did the books justice!
Not heard of very often!
If you haven’t seen it, IT’S A MUST!