I realize that I’m way behind the times on this one. Everybody saw Mockingjay Part 2 months ago. I saw it a few weeks ago, and I’m an opinionated person, so I might spontaneously combust if I don’t force my opinions on you. Keep in mind that I don’t watch very many movies. Even though I have a lot of thoughts, I probably don’t know what I’m talking about.
So, I wasn’t the hugest fan of the Mockingjay book. I loved the first two books, but the third one disappointed me a little. A lot of the characters felt underdeveloped, like the author created them just to kill them. I also thought the book was rushed and could have been much longer.
I think it was a good idea to split the last book in to two movies. The Mockingjay movies were paced well, and I had enough time to understand the complex characters, plot, and themes. I especially liked Peeta in Mockingjay Part 2. The actor did a great job of showing the character’s confusion and stress. Actually, (this might be blasphemous), but I liked movie Peeta better than book Peeta. Seeing the results of the brain-hijacking on the screen somehow made it more relatable for me. I felt bad for the character and wanted him to get better. I didn’t feel that same connection to the character when I read the book.
The deaths in the movie were handled really well. They weren't graphic, but they weren't glossed over, either. It was a nice balance. I don’t want to give away spoilers, but I especially liked the death-by-angry-monsters scene.
I also really liked the “pods” in the movie. I thought the pods in the book were kind of . . . lame. I had a hard time believing that these things would be a good defense system for a city. But, the pods in the movie were terrifying. I actually flinched when the machine gun pod went off because it was so loud. I would not want to be near one of those things in real life.
Overall, I enjoyed all 4 of the movies. These are some of the best book-to-movie adaptations I’ve seen. Even if you didn’t like the books, I’d recommend the movies.