After the much long-awaited final episode of (the four-part series) of The Hunger Games, the day has finally arrived. Even though the previous episode was only released last year, this episode was a continuation of where we left off in the life of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). Unfortunately, I did not do my homework and watch the prior episode again to refresh myself with where the story left off and the names of all of the characters—so when Part 2 started, I was at a loss, since I couldn't remember a single thing about the prior film, Part 1. This may be due to the uninspiring episode, or my current senility, whichever came first. But after reviewing the IMDb official plot description of both parts one and two, I find that they are exactly the same, which is why am having trouble differentiating between the two films. It's just a continuation of what we already saw, with just more conflicts, running, crying, dying, and of course, explosions and wild special-effects brought on by the "games." “I’m going to kill Snow. He needs to see my eye when I kill him,” says Katniss, and the movie proceeds from there.
I thought Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta Mellark, turned in a very good performance, but I felt that Jennifer Lawrence’s part has been played out, and other major characters portrayed by Woody Harrelson and Philip Seymour Hoffman we're almost unnecessary to this episode. And of course, bringing back Stanley Tucci to be a reporter on a television broadcast was totally unnecessary. They could've cut him out completely, along with a host of other actors, as their roles did nothing to enhance the film. Donald Sutherland almost seems to be the one laughing through this episode, with that goofy look on his face, just as he did when he portrayed the character, “Oddball,” in the 1970 classic, Kelly's Heroes, (always with those negative waves, Moriarty).
I saw this movie in 3D. It deserves to be on the big screen, but if you watched it on your home theater, you probably wouldn't be disappointed. There's an entire tunnel scene that is shot in semi-darkness, which becomes even darker with 3D glasses, so it wasn't as viewable.
The ending was pretty predictable, and there weren't really any surprises in the plot or the characters’ actions. This is a date movie that requires some popcorn and a lot of holding hands. There aren't any scenes worth crying over, and there's nothing cinematically impressive that we haven't already seen before. I was more amazed at the old Elizabethan house they used for the interior scenes of the President’s mansion, which was just stunning. It's amazing that that's what I think about after viewing this movie. So, if you can see this movie easily without waiting in a line or going into a crowded theater, then by all means, go see it. You won't be disappointed, but you won't be overly excited either.