It’s hard to believe our journey with Hunger Games has finally come to an end. We’ve watched Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) become the face of a nation, and this last installment is a solid representation of the source material, as well as a great closing act to an emotional journey.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 wraps up the story of Katniss Everdeen and the rebellion of the citizens of Panem against the Capitol. The film picks up immediately after the events of Mockingjay Part 1 and follows Katniss and her team of soldiers as they head to the Capitol to take on President Snow face-to-face. Along the way they’re faced with deadly obstacles that turn the entire city into yet another Hunger Games, and they also realize that the lines between good and evil aren’t as clear as they thought when they set out.
The plot remained about as close to the books as fans of the Suzanne Collins novels would hope. There were plenty of emotional losses, memorable characters and internal struggles along the road to rebuild Panem. We also got to see more of the Capitol, from the insides of a luxurious apartment to the dark tunnels beneath the city. The movie was filmed in Atlanta, and the city (with some CGI magic of course) provided a setting that was equal parts beautiful and unsettling.
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth once again brought their A games to the screen. Lawrence has done a beautiful job of bringing growth to Katniss with each film, and both the actress and the character shine in the final film. Hutcherson showed range as he gradually reverted back from crazy Capitol Peeta into kind painter Peeta. Hemsworth was solid as Gale, whose exit will leave audiences just as emotionally conflicted as it did in the books.
The large and talented supporting cast gave plenty of memorable performances as well, from Jenna Malone as the strong and snarky Johanna, to Julianne Moore’s sly President Coin (and it’s always fun to see Stanley Tucci pop up as the reprehensible (yet undeniably energetic) Caesar Flickerman).
I loved the strong finish to the series. If you’ve been following along this far, you won’t be disappointed; if you’re a fan of the book, you won’t be disappointed; and if you haven’t seen any of these movies yet… what are you waiting for?!
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 DVD Review: DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital HD Special Features
- Audio Commentary with Director Francis Lawrence and Producer Nina Jacobson
- “Pawns No More: Making The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” 8-Part Documentary
- Walking Through Fire (Concluding the Saga)
- Real or Not Real (Visual Design)
- High-Value Targets (The Acting Ensemble)
- From Head to Toe (Costume, Make-up & Hair)
- Navigating the Minefield (Production in Atlanta, Paris & Berlin)
- Collateral Damage (Stunts, Special Effects & Weapons)
- Tightening the Noose (The Post-Production Process)
- A Different World (Reflections)
- The Hunger Games: A Photographic Journey
- Cinna’s Sketchbook: Secrets of the Mockingjay Armor
- Panem on Display: The Hunger Games: The Exhibition
- Jet to the Set
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 DVD Review: DVD and Blu-Ray Special Features
- 12 Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes from The Hunger Games
- 6 Deleted Scenes from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Including 1 Never Before Seen
- 9 Deleted Scenes from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
- 2 All-New Featurettes: “Picturing Panem” and “Capitol Cuisine”
- 70 Additional Featurettes (Blu-ray); 69 Additional Special Featurettes (DVD)
- Audio Commentaries, Music Videos and More
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 DVD Review