The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 - Recap Review

What's good

- Ends the Hunger Games saga in a more or less "okay" way
- Fittingly more grim and violent

What we get is just an "okay" ending instead of a great one.

What's bad

- A poor standalone movie experience due to the "two-part-split adaptation" of the book
- Too many padding dialogue scenes + too rushed and few action scenes = pacing issues
- Love triangle aspects and its ultimate outcome feel unconvincing
- Some obvious plot holes

"Let's talk this over...again. Shall we?"


Why are there ghouls in the Capitol's sewers?

Do zombies have to be in everything nowadays?

The Verdict

Just like Mockingjay Part 1 before it, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 suffers heavily from the studio's decision to have the final Hunger Games book be adapted in two split parts. The result is that Mockingjay Part 2 happens to offer a just as poor standalone movie experience as the first Mockingjay part before it.
Even though this final confrontation with President Snow and the downfall of the Capitol lead to some fittingly grim moments and a for the most part "okay" ending, Mockingjay Part 2 has severe pacing issues that make it a mostly uncomfortable experience to sit through that you will most likely only force yourself to watch just to see how it ends. 
Again, much like Mockingjay Part 1 before it, this finale advertises itself with loads of action and battles inside the Capitol, whereas action scenes in Mockingjay Part 2 are just as scarce as in its underwhelming predecessor. While the action that actually is there is definitely exciting too watch, it takes a lot of unnecessary padding conversations inside buildings and bunkers to get to it. And even once some action happens, it feels very rushed through and lacking the impact of a final "judgment day battle" that audiences expected.
Making matters worse is that even with all the dialogue overkill, the movie doesn't manage to sell its bigger focus on the Katniss-Peeta-Gale-love triangle in any credible way, making its ultimate outcome quite unconvincing in many ways. This is only further underlined by some of the obvious plot holes in the movie's story that are often hard to overlook.

The Hunger Games movies made for an admittedly confident and consistent young adult sci-fi franchise that sadly couldn't hold up its quality all the way to the end.
Just like the general reception of the final book of the trilogy, the two Mockingjay Parts will be remembered as the worst and most disliked parts of the Hunger Games saga.
If you followed the movie franchise up to this point, you somewhat owe it to yourself to watch Part 2 just see how it all ends. Yet don't be surprised if you find out, that instead of letting "actions speak louder than words" after Part 1, Mockingjay Part 2 is just more words and thus sadly ends what could've been a potentially strong overall franchise with disappointing "poof" rather than the phenomenal bang that was promised.

Final Verdict: 4 out of 10

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