The Hungery Games was a brilliant book. Catching Fire was sort of OK. Mockingjay was an abomination. Suzanne Collins last book in the Hunger Games Trilogy was a tough read, to say the least. Which I think might explain why the opening numbers for Mockingjay Part 2, a mere 101 Million dollars, were not as high as they could have been. Everyone that knew where the story was going didn’t want to see is acted out on the big screen.
Mockingjay Part 2 was not nearly as soul crushing an experience as reading the book was. For one thing, I literally couldn’t tell one character from another. In a book, every time someone does something we are reminded of their name often given little clues about them in their descriptions. There is no such help in a movie with a cast of hundreds, even when many have bizarre haircuts and distinctive weapons. The bulk of the film ended up being random people fighting random things for random reasons.
This kind of took the edge off the many pointless deaths.
Many of the problems from the book carry over to the film. If The Capitol has such advanced technology, why didn’t they use it on the rebels before they ever left Disctrict 13? Our Superheroes were barely able to get past a couple of traps, how did an army filled with Mundanes get past booby traps that filled the map? Why did Snow only unleash his ‘Mutts’ against the Victors? Why did the killer ceiling lights flash on and off? They weren’t really in a game anymore.
In the end, the ‘good’ guys win and the ‘bad’ guys loose. Mockingjay Part 2, not as bad as I expected.