It’s always sad to say goodbye to old friends. It’s good to remember the best in people, places and movie franchises. Sadly, Part 2 has far too much talking and not nearly enough action.
I will miss looking forward to these movies, but not as much as I would have if “Mockingjay” had been made into one film, instead of two.
When the big chases and explosion happen, it’s great to watch. But there’s just far too few of those huge set pieces that made the first film so compelling.
Jennifer Lawrence is effective as ever. Her Katniss is an iconic character. “Mockingjay” is a book about revolution and retribution. Yet watching the events on screen feels like being on a long train ride with multiple delays.
Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson have grand moments, but the story only feels truly alive and compelling when Woody Harrelson is on screen. Julianne Moore and Donald Sutherland’s characters feel stuck on one note and even Philip Seymour Hoffman fails to up the emotional ante.
At 137 minutes, it’s a very long and I looked at my watch about every ten minutes. The last fifteen minutes felt like they lasted forever.
Sam Claflin and Mahershala Ali get too little time on screen. You may note that the trailer features almost all there is of them.
It lapses into “what to do about Peeta” chatter and that’s just not very interesting.
The big battles are beautifully done and it’s all great to look at.
I just wish more of the substance of “Mockingjay” had been used. I really wanted this movie to offer a brilliant ending. When it all just fizzled out, I felt disappointed.