Doug Reviews: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

The final chapter in the Hunger Games. Did it end on a high note?

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15 comments

  1. It’s in the books… it’s most definitely in the books… 😉

  2. I only ever saw the first movie. The fact that it was literally 97% shaky cam really put me off. And I just couldn’t get into it. I guess I’ll try to give the remaining four a try.

  3. Awesome. I actually liked the third one even more than the second.

    I haven’t seen the new one yet, as I’m planning to see it with my mom on Thanksgiving, but appreciate your review.

    Thanks!

  4. Really good movie, can’t say it’s the best one but it was pretty tense as fuck, especially in the sewer scenes.

  5. MidnightScreeningsman2014

    Yeah really liked this movie. At first I was upset that they didn’t have katniss kill president snow cause they had been building up it for the past three movies and i felt it was a complete cop out that they did it off screen but now that I know that it happened in the book I can totally understand why and trust me I only read the first two books in this series and I didn’t know that she killed off Juilanne Moore’s character so I didn’t see that coming and thought it was a great twist. I’ve loved this series and I am a young person so I will totally take the message you told me to take away from it.

    • At some point I kind of realized not only wouldn’t Katniss kill Snow, but shouldn’t. That would have gone against the underlying notion throughout the series: that killing an enemy doesn’t automatically make you a hero or assure peace.
      Even she had faced off him in the capital as planned (which I really thought would happen) there were two big problems to consider. One is that Snow might others behind him ready to take command and keep the state terror going. The other was Snow’s granddaughter. I doubt Katniss could just kill him in from of her or any other children hoarded into the Capital. This would have to be one more test of character, which I see now was the real climax of all three stories.

  6. I’m mixed on this one. I like the ending and think it fits really well, but the journey of how the film got there is what gets to me a little bit. The pacing wasn’t good, in my opinion. I thought it was a little too long in some moments and a little rushed in others. There is a lot of good things about this movie, but there are problems that do bug me a bit.

  7. Jonathan Stemmildt

    Hi Doug, this is the first time commenting on one of your videos. I usually just watch and enjoy. This time I feld like I have to comment on this review. Not on commenting on the movie, but on the other things you said. I absolutely agree to what you said and I am so happy right now to hear that someone else also had the same moment of realization.

    Im from germany – and yes we have many discussions about refugees and the problems in the middle-east and with all these topics I always have the same impression of people in my country. Everybody things that the things they believe in and the things that they said are good and others are bad (etc.). What they say is the absolute truth – even god’s rules for us to live. At this point I am asking myself – how arrogant and selfish can a human being become to think that the own moral rules and the own way of thinking is the right one.

    Furthermore I don’t believe there is a right way of thinking. Just diffrent kinds of thinking. Ofcourse we have to stop terrorism and have to stop people killing each other, but we just believe that killing is bad because based on our rationality being alive is a good thing that everybody should have. But even that – the gift of life is the best example to make my point here. We don’t know what life is really about – everyone just thinks it is important based on what death means in this world – not being physically able to do anything. But nobody knows anything certain and everything we know are just facts written by other people.

    Based on what you said – I really like the movie now too. I am a complete free spirit in my way of looking on problems and people in general. Im going that far to say any kind of philosophy doesn’t make sense, because we don’t know anything at all. The only thing we really know is our own existence – to be specific – I know that I exist. That is all I know 100%. But I didn’t really have to get this idea – so watching the movie was just watching a movie for me and not being educated.

    Thank you for all your great work – you helped me through many life situations and I still love to hear your thoughts on movies. Your the best.

    – Jonathan

    I don’t know – still feels like relief to say it out loud. And I hope I will never know.

  8. NO ROB! I don’t have Facebook! LOL. In my opinion, Mockingjay: Part 2 was pretty good. They changed some things but the action scenes were pretty cool. I missed the Capitol outfits but at least we had Effie. 🙂

  9. Yay you finally returned to your original catchphrase or motto: Take care.

  10. I agree with pretty much everything you said Doug.

  11. I felt the same way about the ending, but I quickly realized something about the movie series that didn’t come to me until I saw that ending. The whole revolution was staged. Everything that Katniss did was on camera, it was planned out by someone else. The moment she deviates from that plan, it blows up in her face, which happens in real life. What makes Katniss revolutionary is not the fact that she put herself in all of those situations, but that once she was there, she made revolutionary choices. The movie ends with the greatest example of her performing an act and then making her own choice to change things. I went into this movie expecting a big, fiery ending, but what I got instead was a level of realism that you just don’t see in movies. I like ridiculous action films, but this series stands out as a thrilling story that, you feel, could actually happen (for the most part).

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