By Sam van Krieken (Antwerp, Belgium)


The last film in The Hunger Games franchise is disappointing to say the least. It suffers from pacing issues, the acting performances are bland and the overall story is quite cliché.

The film takes its sweet time to take off and when it finally does I honestly believed it would be redeeming itself during the second act. Sadly the pacing dropped to near zero again in a matter of minutes. After it picked up in act three again it just started to feel weird. I had a hard time connecting with any of the story largely due to this. Just when I got into the overall story the tempo dropped so rapidly it got me out of it again.

Most of the characters feel bland an uninteresting. The ones that seem interesting are not explored and stay in the background. They also seemed to be juggling with a lot of side characters all designed for specific purposes. This works well in books but in films it is hard to expose enough of a character in a very short amount of time to make them connect with the audience.

The story itself might seem inventive and quite original at first glance but when one scratches the surface a standard cliché filled hole shows itself. Everything that happens is predictable from the get go and choices that the makers thought to be original turned out to be highly predictable.

The footage itself was very nice though I did have some issues with the lighting. Most of the movie seemed pretty bland and if the story had gone full dark this might have worked. But due to the many cliché’s and predictable plot twists the grayish look just became an annoyance.

The best part of the film was the genuinely creepy underground “zombie” chase and its prelude. If the whole film had held this power and execution style it could have easily been a superior ending to the franchise.

Overall Mockingjay – Part 2 is a cliché filled “dark” ending to The Hunger Games franchise. It aspires to be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows but failed even harder at this then the actual Deathly Hollows.

I don’t recommend Mockingjay – Part 2 unless you are a massive fan.

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