“It’s so frustrating when she goes rogue.”

The Hunger Games franchise has been a high water mark for, not only young adult entertainment, but complex human drama for all ages. Unfortunately, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is easily the weakest of the bunch as it fails to adequately stretch the third and final Suzanne Collins book into a suitable second half. While Mockingjay – Part 1 was incomplete, its focus on Katniss’ internal struggle was a welcome development as its fine acting and dialogue shined through.

The second half of this two-part film never quite comes together or stands on its own. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen is fine but feels oddly out of place as she veers off on her own shadowy motives. The out of place nature of the film never quite fitting in with its first part does no favour to paramours Peeta and Gale, played by Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth either.

The film just peters along as it tries to half-heartedly wrap up threads here and there. Even Donald Sutherland as the deliciously evil President Snow feels barely there as are Julianne Moore and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Because of the two-film story split, there’s absolutely no momentum within the film as energy never builds scene to scene and the ending(s) just happen instead of organically culminating.

Mockingjay – Part 2 just doesn’t quite live up to its successful predecessors as it awkwardly fills in holes and wraps up a stilted journey. Instead of being the culmination of a series, it feels much more like an over extended prologue and a needlessly grim one at that. It lacks any real drama and wastes another fine performance by Lawrence as the titular symbol of hope.

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