Page to Screen: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Mockingjay Part 2 posterDid everyone see Mockingjay Part 2 this weekend? I really liked it for the most part. It followed the book closely, with some dialogue taken straight out of the book word-for-word. Just like the other movies, we get see things going on behind the scenes that Katniss is not aware of. That wasn’t possible in the books because they are written in first person from Katniss’s point of view.

When I read the book, the action sequences were confusing to me. I couldn’t picture what was going on in my head as I read. The movies condenses the action while leaving in the most important parts. Seeing in on the screen greatly clarified to me what was going on in the book.

As you probably know, Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays Plutarch, passed away before the movie was completed. The filmmakers found clever ways to include him. My only criticism of that was that they seemed to over emphasize Plutarch’s presence in those scenes. It was as if they were so proud of themselves for including him that they wanted to point it out to the audience. That pulled me out of the movie when it happened to think, “Oh yeah, that guy’s dead in real life but there he is.”

They made the ending 100 times cheesier than the way the book ends. It seriously made me cringe.
However, I was pleased with the movie overall. My husband, who hasn’t read the books, enjoyed it too. I liked it at least as much as the book and maybe even a little bit more. Goodbye Katniss. It’s been fun.

What did you think?

  • S.G. Wright

    I read and enjoyed the Hunger Games books, but I stopped with the movies after the 2nd one. I guess I wasn’t into them anymore. So I will pass on seeing it. What did you think of them splitting the last book into 2 movies?