Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2

Feeling indifferent about a movie, in my mind, is easily the worst thing you can say about a feature film. 

There wasn't enough good to make you love it, and there wasn't enough bad to truly make you despise it. This is exactly how "Mockingjay, Part 2" made me feel. There were scenes that really drew me in and got me into it, but they were typically followed by a lackluster do-nothing scene. 

Which is the most infuriating feeling to a movie-goer. 

[mild spoilers ahead] 

Sadly, this is how you could describe each and every one of the films in the Hunger Games series. Moments excitement ruined by weird pacing and even weirder payoff scenes. It's like they hate momentum. 

We go from the powerful and heavy-fisted Mocking Jay, Part 1 to Part 2, which was essentially just one giant false ending. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson do great things with their characters, as they have since the beginning, but they are slowed down by the inconsistent storytelling that ends in the most predictable fashion ever. (See mild spoilers)

I must give credit where it's due, though, and Mockingjay Dos had easily my favorite scene in the entire movie. (Bigger spoiler ahead) 

Shortly after Katniss had lost nearly everything she held dear in her heart, we see President Snow's execution scene. Miss Everdeen, of course, volunteered to do the dirty work and, boy she did not disappoint. 

(Seriously, here's a spoiler) 

Katniss uses Snow's execution to make her biggest statement yet, when she fires her arrow above the series' antagonist and into the chest of the newly minted President of Panem, Alma Coin. It's awesome, emotionally pleasing and incredibly well-done. This payoff shot would have made the movie worth it and that much better, but nope, we needed another false ending to set-up that predictable and less satisfying ending. 

So, the Hunger Games ends as it started. With strong performances from its cast, but with a foggy direction and execution from its creative leaders. 

Dear Ben's journal, 

How are the Hemsworths so dreamy?

// oh, this is still my review.