• Todd Puhl

Movie Review: MockingJay Part 2

Updated: May 29, 2019


The film was reasonably successful in the theatres. The budget came in at approximately $160 million and it totally approximately $653 million worldwide a pretty solid pull at the box office overall not quite the numbers of the previous installment which pulled around $750 worldwide but both managed a solid $100+ million opening weekend. If you want to look at the franchise as a whole between the 4 films altogether they brought in nearly $3 billion combined.


‘As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.’



IMDb rating 6.7/10     Metacritc 65/100    Rotten Tomatoes 75%


But that didn’t happy with this film I was looking for months and month and nothing.  I found it quite strange as a matter of fact I don’t think I found anything like this with any other film that I could recollect in the past decade to be honest.


The film was reasonably successful in the theatres.  The budget came in at approximately $160 million and it totally approximately $653 million worldwide a pretty solid pull at the box office overall not quite the numbers of the previous installment which pulled around $750 worldwide but both managed a solid $100+ million opening weekend.  If you want to look at the franchise as a whole between the 4 films altogether they brought in nearly $3 billion combined.  


The movie actually starts off tugging at the emotional strings reliving the end of Mockingjay Pt 1 and showing Peta’s conditioning and him wanting Katniss dead.  The idea that Katniss and the others will have to get through District 2 to get to the capital possibly injuring civilians in the process.  Compared to Pt 1 the politics are a lot more subtle and overshadowed by the action which gets back to what I think got a lot of people watching the series in the first place. (Of course aside from those fans that had read the books of course). You have the action of the Games and the political intrigue in the background.

The chess match between President Snow and Alma Coin and how each spins the effects of the events in front of them for their own benefit is quite wonderful to go along with the manipulation of Katniss throughout the events from the first Hunger Games she was involved with through to the present time of the events of this film.  Finally after it is all said and done and the manipulation is realized and that the phrase ‘Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’ was found to be true.  Katniss brings her form of justice and kills Coin instead of Snow and after being pardoned returns to District 12 where she is joined by Peeta and they have a family and live on, reflecting on the idea that ‘there are much worse games to play.’


The film did what it needed to wrap up all the story into a nice neat bunch of strands of storyline and at the end manage to weave them all into one final storyline and finish the film off in a solid manner.  I wasn’t left asking any questions, I was content with how it was left and I am just glad there was a little more action than in the previous installment of Mockingjay.  I am not a fan of politics in the first place and I found the previous installment to drag on a little too much.  I thought the flow of this film was much better and I actually don’t even recall looking at my clock at all.

This is also the last movie made by Philip Seymour Hoffman (always a favorite actor of mine) who actually died just prior to the completion of the film and had to have two scenes altered due to his passing.  But I though to myself wait a minute he died almost a year and a half before the movie was released I actually had to look up how it all played out or if they managed to pull off another Brandon Lee/Crow and digitally put him into the movie to finish it.


Simple if you have seen the other three then you obviously need to see this one to finish it out. Who goes and sees Episode 4 and 5 of Star Wars and doesn’t see Episode 6 (We don’t talk about Episodes 1-3 remember)  I don’t see anyone just randomly wanting to go and see this one without the seeing the other three.  It’s a must see if you have seen the rest.  If you haven’t seen any of the Hunger Games trilogy/quadrilogy then go and see it because it’s a wonderful series from start to finish and some of you probably won’t mind the amount of time Jennifer Lawrence spends on screen either.  Just remember when you get to Mockingjay Pt 1 it gets better in Pt 2.


4.0 Beards out of 5


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