I wrote some scattered thoughts after watching Mockingjay Part 1 last year, so why not follow up with some musings on Part 2? I'm a little hangry so if this makes no sense, it's because I need a sandwich.
Anywho, I was giving Cinerama some grief for not showing MP2 on opening weekend, but I realized as I was sitting in the Boeing IMAX theatre at Pacific Science Center that this is where I should've watched it all along. I watched the very last Harry Potter there and bawled my eyes out, so it was very familiar and appropriate. Thanks PacSci for being my home away from chocolate popcorn home.
I said this last time but Phillip Seymour Hoffman shined so brightly in this. These last two HG movies were truly about his performance.
Lieutenant Boggs still looks like Future.
Peeta still looks like Nick Carter.
For someone who lives in a war-torn reality, Effie Trinket never fails to stay one hunnid from head to toe. Full LEWKS delivered.
"We are fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self-destruction." - such a great quote from Plutarch's letter to Katniss.
Katniss' love for Prim. I love my sister so much. That's all.
Why are all the rebels such attractive hipsters in perfect utilitarian garb? More importantly, where can I find every single coat Commander Paylor wore in the movie?
For an overgrown teenybopper who cries at everything, I fully expected to emote during MP2 and then didn't. Maybe because it was a Thursday night and adult me was tired, or maybe because the Hunger Games trilogy speaks to so much beyond its young adult roots. There are so many undertones that mirror real-life - that speak to war, love, loss and relationships, and even the dirty world that is consumer marketing. President Coin wanted to control the narrative so much her own marketing schemes blinded her. The evolution of Katniss and Gale's relationship. Post-traumatic stress disorder. It's all there so strongly that at first glance it might feel like too much for the audience it's intended for. But is it? We're exposed to much worse in the media & internet nowadays that it seemed appropriate to me. But that's what makes it such a departure from the fantasy hero epic of the Harry Potter series, or the ridiculousness of Twilight. The escapism is just easier with the other movies. I loved seeing Mockingjay Part 2 and the entire series, but I was okay with the franchise being over. No tears shed. The world is heavy enough.