Friday, January 15, 2016

I Saw The Mockingjay Part 2 Movie!



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.  









7 comments:

  1. I completely agree about Peeta. In the book I didn't get it at all, and I was so mad when Katniss picked him. But in the movie, it all made sense. I could see why she made that decision. They did a great job with this movie!

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    1. I think it had to do with the actor. He did a great job playing the character. He helped me “get it.”

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  2. YAY for watching Mockingjay! I loved it SO MUCH (shocking, I'm sure hahah). The adaptations were nearly flawless. And I agree that it was so nice to see things from a different perspective, like Peeta's, in the movie since we couldn't in the book. And I like movie Peeta too, because he is tangible bwhahah. I just NEED the movie to come out on DVD or whatever so I can sit around and spend all my time binge watching, alternating with binge reading, and no longer be a functioning member of society.

    I thought the pods were well done too. I felt like they could have ended up looking cheesy, but they didn't at all! I jumped too. And ummm the one person's death that destroyed us all? (Trying to not be spoilery!) It felt so... noble, I guess. (I am actually tearing up thinking about it!)

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    1. I loved not being trapped inside Katniss’s head. The different perspectives are my favorite part of the movies.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  3. I loved the books but haven't seen any of the movies after The Hunger Games. My daughter had to see them all as soon as they were in the theaters and I hate going when it is that crowded. I loved reading your thoughts about the movie and you have definitely made me want to sit down and finally watch them.

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    1. I hate crowded theaters, too. That’s why it took so long for me to see this movie. I didn’t want to go when it first came out.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  4. I know a lot of people didn't like the 3rd book in the series as much so you're not the only one AJ. I did really enjoy ALL of the movies for the series here^^ The actors were all really talented and I feel like they did a solid job adapting the books into movies :) I'm happy you enjoyed this and thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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