Hi guys! I watched Mockingjay Part 2 for the first time last night, and I wanted to share my thoughts on the adaptation. 🙂
Warning: Do not read ahead unless you have seen Mockingjay Part 2 and/or read Mockingjay. There are spoilers.
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The movie starts right where Part 1 left off, with Katniss getting the brace off of her throat after hijacked Peeta tries to choke her to death. I liked that they were consistent. Then Katniss is informed that “someone from home” is going to try talking to Peeta. In the book it was Delia Cartwright, but she’s completely skipped over. Instead, it’s Prim. Peeta is calm at first, but then accuses Katniss of being a mutt from the Capitol and tells Prim to kill her. That was accurate, though I think Delia had been better suited than Prim because Delia knew him better. 😉
Not long after, Katniss is ordered to go in to Peeta. I was skeptical and nervous he would lash out, even though he was strapped down. It went about the same way as Prim’s visit did. I felt really bad for both of them at this point.
Then Katniss meets with Coin and Plutarch. She wants to go to the Capitol and kill Snow, but Coin shoots that down, saying it’s illogical because they haven’t swayed District 2 yet. I agreed. So Katniss then convinces Coin to send her to District 2, and it switches to the meeting with her, Gale, Lyme, and Paylor in 2. They decide to carry out Gale’s plan to cause avalanches in the Nut, the mine, and shut in everyone that can’t escape using the train tunnel, which they’ll leave alone. That was accurate to the book, and I was anxious but excited to see it executed.
I read the book a couple of years ago, so I remembered most details but not all. I did know that a survivor in 2 shot Katniss while she was rallying the other survivors. From there it skips to the hospital in District 13, where Katniss wakes up to Johanna barging into her “room” and removing the morphine drip from her arm so she could use it. They talk, like in the book, and Johanna tells Katniss about a cargo delivery to the Capitol that night.
As was expected, Katniss snuck out of the hospital and onto the hover. I understood why she did it, but I thought she was being a bit too reckless. Upon landing she attracts a lot of attention, unsurprisingly, and then finds Boggs. I really liked Boggs in this movie. He’s seen briefly in Part 1, but here he actually plays a part. 🙂
Then Katniss, Gale, Finnick, Lieutenant Jackson, the Leeg twins, Castor, Pollux, Cressida, and Messala all assemble in an area with Boggs, who informs them that they’re Squad 451 and the Star Squad. That means they’ll be far behind the front-line rebels, filming the propos, because they’re the most influential parts of the rebellion. I liked that all the same people were on this squad in the movie as they were in the book. However, I was disappointed that they skipped ahead to this, rather than focus on the build-up details like Peeta’s therapy and Katniss and Johanna’s training. Finnick and Annie’s wedding was included and it was really cute and fun, but the cake that Peeta decorated to symbolize District 4 wasn’t included and I feel like it was kind of rushed through. 😐
The Star Squad goes on their first mission, which is mostly just scouting out a filming spot and using the Holo to avoid the pods. They find a spot and return, only to hear a vehicle coming close to their base. They go to investigate and see Peeta being escorted out of a van and coming toward them. I wasn’t thrilled about this. It was accurate to the book, but it was so soon. There was almost an hour and a half left in the movie, and they were already in a position that was nearly ¾ through the book. I feel like Lionsgate rushed past everything else so they could spend more time on the action sequences. I understand that they would do that because that’s likely what viewers enjoy most, but I don’t agree with it. Build-up details are just as important. 😐
From there everything goes down. Boggs gets his legs blown off and transfers control of the Holo to Katniss just before he dies. They trigger the black sludge stuff and run from that into a building that they narrowly escape before Peacekeepers attack it. Messala dies by being caught in a net he triggered while running. The Leeg sisters die in that building because one was injured and the other wouldn’t leave. The entire Star Squad is announced dead by Caesar Flickerman, and then Pollux convinces the group to go underground to avoid discovery. Again, all of this was pleasingly accurate, but it just felt so hurried.
Underground, Katniss decides the tunnels leave them too exposed, so Pollux leads them into the sewers. If you’ve read the book, you know what happens there. I didn’t watch most of this scene because I’m easily scared and didn’t want to see the mutts, but I have a basic understanding. I think everything went smoothly for a little bit, and then the group hears distant hissing while they camp. Everyone gets ready to go, and then the mutts attack. In the book I believe they’re described as reptilian but with human limbs and no eyes, and that they were programmed to follow Katniss’ scent. They were programmed to eliminate her and anyone else they came across in their mission to get to Katniss. I could be wrong. The group runs but still has to try and fight, and by the time everyone is back in the underground tunnel, Jackson, Castor, and Finnick are all dead. 😥 It didn’t make me cry, but it was really sad, even though I knew what happened.
In the tunnels the remaining Star Squad is trying to relax when they trigger another pod, and this one has the ground breaking apart behind them as they run. No one dies this time, and after getting above ground, Cressida leads them to Tigress’ shop. I loved the makeup job on Tigress, just saying. 😀 They take refuge in a secret cellar in her shop, treat Gale’s wound from the mutt fight, and rest. I think the time they spent down there was cut considerably short, and before I knew it they were suiting up to go to Snow’s mansion.
This was definitely one of the most climactic scenes in the movie. Katniss and Gale go to the mansion on their own, and the rest of the group split up to do something else. I’m not sure what. They get closer to the entrance and notice Peacekeepers up ahead, pulling down hoods and looking for the rebels. They turn around, only to see more Peacekeepers not far behind them. Then, with perfect timing, the front-line rebels that I’d practically forgotten about bursts in and attacks. Chaos ensues. Gale gets taken by Peacekeepers and Katniss is determined to march right into the mansion, but is held up by the horde of people trying to escape the fighting.
Then Snow or a Peacekeeper orders for all the children to come forward so they can enter first, and promises that everyone else can come in soon after. Before the gates open, though, the first round of bombs drop. Rebel medics rush in to help, including Prim, and then the second round drops. Prim is killed, and Katniss passes out from an indirect hit. 😦 I knew this was coming, but it was so sad. It still didn’t make me cry, though.
Katniss wakes up in the mansion infirmary with her mom and Haymitch at her bedside. She realizes what happened and after a bit of time is up exploring the mansion. She eventually finds the greenhouse and Snow within. He tells her that Coin was really behind the bombings, but, understandably, she didn’t believe him. This scene made me think of a quote by the Darkling, from the Grisha trilogy. XD
“Fine, make me your villain.”
Later, in another room, Katniss and Gale finally see each other, but she’s skeptical toward him because she’s not sure if the bomb that killed Prim was his idea. It was hard to watch this scene.
Then Coin calls a meeting of all the remaining victors — Katniss, Haymitch, Annie, Beetee, Peeta, and Enobaria (finally!) — so they can hold one last Hunger Games with Capitol children. The vote falls to Katniss, who votes yes for Prim, and Haymitch, who agrees with Katniss.
Finally it’s time for Snow’s execution, and Katniss is about to get her wish to kill him. Coin makes a short speech and Katniss is about to release her arrow … when she aims a bit higher and kills Coin instead. 😮 I actually knew that was coming, but I felt like being a bit dramatic. 😛
Katniss is about to kill herself, but Peeta stops her and she’s escorted away by guards as everyone mobs Snow, who is tied to his execution pole. Katniss is taken to a house, and Haymitch comes to visit her with a letter from Plutarch. She doesn’t want it, so he reads it. Paylor has become the leader, and she’ll pardon Katniss, so Katniss can go back home.
Katniss and Haymitch say goodbye to Effie and get on a train that takes them back to the Victor’s Village in District 12 (the only part left standing). Katniss just sort of exists for a couple of days, and then finds Buttercup coming in the kitchen window. She was mad and upset at him at first, but then picked him up and held him. ❤ It’s shown that Peeta is back, planting primroses that he found by the woods, and they hug.
Then it skips to the epilogue. Katniss and Peeta are happy with their son and newborn daughter, and they’re having a picnic in the meadow. They’re a happy family, and everything is better. It ends with the same line as the book does. ❤
“There are much worse games to play.”
Overall, I was happy with Mockingjay Part 2. I loved this last adaptation in the series, but I was disappointed that they left out so much in the beginning. They also left out the book Katniss and Peeta start, in honor of all of the people they knew that died. I wish those bits had been included, but if I look past that I can say I honestly enjoyed it. 🙂
Movie rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Accuracy rating: 3½ out of 5 stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ½
Have you seen Mockingjay Part 2? What did you think? I’d love to know! 🙂
Today is the last day of my spring break. I intend to spend it reading and eating Easter candy. 😀
Until next time…