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The Hunger Games Mockingjay is a good, but not great way to end an impressive series of movies.   The tales of Katniss Everdeen, the Mockingjay, is a great story of a strong heroine who reluctantly finds herself and her footing within a rebellion against the capital and the evil President Snow.

The last book was split into two movies in order to give a more detailed experience that fell in line with the books.  I did not read the books. However, both Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2 suffer from the same problem, they are about 30 minutes two long.  With an edited version of both movies together, an audience would have easily sat for a three hour movie.  There is enough action and drama to really put together a fine last film.

Jennifer Lawrence is very good as Katniss Everdeen.  With all the hurricane of activity around her, she manages to keep her wits and will about her.   She stays true to herself, always allowing her self to care and to hope for a better outcome for all.  Lawrence really shows her emotions well with her eyes and just raises the bar for all the other actors in the movie.

I do not know why people aren’t knocking down Donald Sutherland’s door to be the villain in every movie from now until he retires.  His chews dialogue, engulfing every scene in such a malicious and gleeful nature.  His smile is played with such a fantastic menace that it just captures you and the chills roll over your body watching him.  He is just fantastic.

Because of the drawn out sections of the movie, the pacing tends to bog down and I found myself thinking – OK, cool, another impressive trap.  But one thing boggles my mind, the rating of the film.  Why is this movie not an R rated film?  There is some serious violence, and the zombie skeleton creatures are beyond frightening.

If you really like the series, see it in the theater.  But, it can wait for you to see it at home as a casual fan, nothing really compels me to tell you to rush to the theaters to see the movie.

2 stars – a slight Hitting A Mark recommendation.

 

 

 

 

 

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