The Hunger Games, as a series, has been the standout teen filmic adventure these past few years in both quality and box-office. There have been other standalone films that I think were much better, but didn’t get the kind of box-office needed to spawn a continuing series. There have also been some really bad and average ones that made the money required to sadly mean more would come out.
With this series though, even though it’s the best of the bunch, it’s also far from perfect. I enjoyed the first one, but it had enough wrong with it for it not to be great. The second, Catching Fire, was a step up, but then Mockingjay Part 1 was easily the lowlight of the series, as it turned Katniss into a whiney pawn being used by everyone around her. The concept behind The Hunger Games was also very different than the first two films, which can always be a risk in storytelling.
So with the 4th and final film now out, Mockingjay Part 2, I was looking forward to see it for different reasons. One, so that I can see this story wrap up, and secondly so that I can move on. Very much like what I thought of the Twilight films which I loved and hated in equal measure. I just wanted them to be over so that I never had to see them again.
As a part of the series, I’d say this fell a bit behind the first film, but was easily better than the 3rd, though there was still enough about it that just didn’t work for me and it was very predictable. Was it a satisfying end to the series? Sure. Will I be sitting down to watch it all again anytime soon? Most likely not. So even though I can understand why it’s liked so much, for me it never quite got to a level of greatness as a series, though at least it didn’t end on a continuing downward spiral.
8 out of 10 from me!!!