Carpet Head and I managed to go to the movies for two consecutive nights this week, thanks to the special holidays brought on by the APEC Summit. We watched Mockingjay Part 2 the first night and Spectre on the next. Woot. I was going to write about both movies, but I realized they deserve separate posts. So this one’s just about Mockingjay. Duh.
I wasn’t really dying to watch Mockingjay – I even forgot it was coming out this week – but it was just as well since we saw Part 1 on cable a few days earlier. Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1 are being shown everywhere to, you know, gear up for the final instalment.
I was late into the game when I read the books, and, coming into this movie, I only remember the major storylines. I really didn’t know what to expect. Honestly, I just wanted to see if they stuck to the main plot in the book.
Well, essentially, they did and it was very entertaining. I’ve to tell you that I had to re-read my review of the trilogy to remember how I felt about the books. Let me quote my own review: From whoa after book one and meh after book two, I was all waah sniff sniff after book three. That about sums it up. I enjoyed The Hunger Games immensely, found Catching Fire a bit boring, and loved the krayzay and chaos of Mockingjay. And that was what I missed in this final instalment. I missed kray-kray Katniss. If you’ve read the books, you’ll know that by the third book Katniss was unraveling emotionally, psychologically, and even physically. It didn’t quite seem like it in the movie, although you could see she was clearly in a bad place after Peeta was rescued and was just totally pissed off at Snow. Anyway, I really don’t know what I was hoping for. A more unhinged Katniss? Gah, I dunno.
That said, the movie was still pretty good. It was actually awesome to see how they depicted the big shocking twist at the end. Katniss was perfect in that scene and in all the scenes leading up to it. Even though I liked the book with all its chaotic storylines and what not, I still think the whole [spoiler – highlight to read] ‘sneaking through the Capitol to shoot propos and get to Snow’s mansion and getting Finnick and so many others killed’ became totally unnecessary in the long run, but then those scenes made for some great action and drama.
Aaaand that is it. It was an alright end to the series. I’m considering re-reading the book but then I’m too lazy and busy. Hah.
Have you seen Mockingjay Part 2? What did you think?