‘Mockingjay – Part 2’ true to novel

For fans of “The Hunger Games” series, seeing the highly-anticipated fourth and final installment, “Mockingjay – Part 2” is exciting, bittersweet and heartbreaking.mockingjay

It is the end of a series that has been loved for years, but it is in no way, shape or form a disappointment. I left the theater crying, but with a strangely wonderful feeling about what I just watched.

“Mockingjay – Part 2” begins practically right where the previous film left off, and Katniss is dealing with the hijacking of Peeta’s body by the Capitol. She and the other rebels make an attack plan to get into the city and kill the tyrannical antagonist of the series, President Snow.

What ensues is nothing less than intense and gut-wrenching. As is probably expected, this is the most violent of the four films. The body count is higher than ever, even more so than the first two films, which included tributes from each district killing one another for sport. In “Mockingjay – Part 2,” the rebels are bringing the games to the Capitol and throwing Snow and his army into the direct line of fire.

As a reader and fan of the books from which the films are adapted, I knew exactly what to expect going into this finale, but I was still left in awe with my jaw on the floor. I also found myself crying during a few scenes, especially the last 10-15 minutes before the credits rolled.

Needless to say, the film is well crafted and leaves viewers with many different emotions when the screen goes black after the final scene. The acting is as superb as ever, especially from Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland and Julianne Moore.

If you are worried that the director strayed from the book as other young adult adaptations have been doing recently, you will be pleasantly surprised that this film stays true to its source, just as the other films in the series have. Fortunately, you will be more prepared for what happens than the viewers who have not read the books.

If you have seen the previous three films, and if you have read the books, I urge you to see “Mockingjay – Part 2.” You will not be disappointed.

I do recommend taking tissues to the theater, and be prepared to be an emotional wreck for hours—possibly even days—afterward. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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