It is no secret that the Hunger Games series has been a huge hit, but all good things must come to an end. It was with some trepidation that I called the Sky phone number to place my order for the final movie of the series – Mockingjay Part 2. Like so many others, I had enjoyed the previous installments, but was nervous to see if the mammoth hit would come to a glorious end, or an end that fell short. Having not yet read the books, the final remained a complete mystery to me.
The Hunger Games series cannot be mentioned without a mention of the main star, Jennifer Lawrence. She delivers another excellent performance in the finale, so there was certainly no disappointment there. Her supporting cast, which includes Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman all turn in excellent performances as well. Clearly, a great cast was in place, but there is of course more to consider. If you have not read the books, read on. Otherwise, you may find yourself calling the Sky phone number to ask for your money back on this rental.
I refuse to be the spoiler alert person. While I realize that most Hunger Game fans went to see this movie at the theatre, some (like myself) waited for Sky to add the movie to their lineup so that I could watch from home (contact Sky if you do not see the movie on your listings). What I can say is that even if you have not read the books, you are likely to find Mockingjay 2 rather predictable. It is quite easy to see where the movie is headed, as there are very few twists and turns along the way. Towards the end, however, there are a few surprises, but fans of the franchise may see these coming as well. Does this detract from the movie overall? Somewhat, depending on whether you like to be kept guessing.
Action fans will enjoy many of these scenes and the PG-13 movie is suitable for older children. President Snow is his usual, horrible self, but plays a somewhat smaller role in Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2. President Alma Coin, played by Julianne Moore, takes on a larger role and factors greatly into the overall plot and ending. Both Woody Harrelson and Philip Seymour Hoffman play small roles in this one, but it is good that both were included so as to make for a complete finale.
About halfway through the final Hunger Games, I paused the movie (and actually had to call the Sky phone number to get it re-started, but that is another story). While preparing my popcorn, I stood in front of the microwave and gave some thought to all the possible endings that the movie could have. As it turns out, it ended in the way I predicted, but I was not disappointed. Lawrence started the series a heroine and ends the same way. Those who want a happy ending for her will not be disappointed, but there is a tad more. I’ll leave that for those who do not mind being spoilers.