Parents' Guide to

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Finale is a faithful, fitting end to Girl on Fire's journey.

Movie PG-13 2015 137 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 13+

Good end to an amazing franchise.

This was a really good movie...almost great, but not quite. It was a solid conclusion with spectacular acting, good action sequences (although in my opinion we could have used more of them), and super important messages fed to us by an amazing heroine. As with all previous Hunger Games movies, this final installment has remained one hundred percent true to it's source material...perhaps the greatest thing about these specific film adaptations. My one compliant about Mockingjay part 2 (and it is a rather big one) is that it is simply overly long and SO drawn out. There was no reason for this smallish/average sized book to be two movies. (Other than to make a lot of money that is.) I really do feel that it hurt these two final installments more than helped them. It's funny because I really didn't have this problem with part 1 but for some reason I noticed it very predominately in part 2. There are some incredibly exciting scenes in the movie, but in between them is an excessive amount of mostly useless dialogue, plotting, and political tactics. A conversation that could get the point across in a few exchanges will go on for minutes - so much feels like time filler. I know I'm sounding really negative now but be assured that I have been, and still am a big fan of these books and movies from the very beginning. I think it is simply time to let this amazing story and all it's enduring characters go to rest. I give this satisfying conclusion a slightly generous 4 out of 5 stars.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
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age 16+

The Epic Conclussion

There isn't really much to say about this one as anyone who has reached this point has likely seen the others. This is a fitting conclusion and a strong exit for the actors and for the series. The ending is honestly quite satisfying, unless you like Gale (spoiler alert) which I didn't. If you enjoyed the previous installments by all mean watch and enjoy this one as well. If not, watch the previous installments and then come back to this one when you're all caught up. Still recommending for sixteen and up.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Thanks to director Francis Lawrence and, above all, star Jennifer Lawrence, this final film is a fitting tribute to Suzanne Collins' unforgettable heroine. It even improves on some of the book's weaker elements; Lawrence the director knows how to use Lawrence the actor's vulnerability to explore what a messy thing indeed it is to be a hero -- to be the Chosen One, to know you're somehow more useful as a martyr to the cause than as a very real, confused, emotional girl. The Katniss of Mockingjay isn't as singularly focused as the one in the Arena. This Katniss is sure of very little other than that Snow must go, and Lawrence beautifully captures the excruciating pain of Katniss' journey, of her loneliness and heartbreak and fierce devotion to those she loves.

Very few book series have received such a faithful, fabulously performed, and visually appealing set of cinematic adaptations. That's not to say that the film is perfect: It fast-forwards a few dramatic elements that some book fans will no doubt miss, like the blossoming friendship between Katniss and Johanna (Jena Malone) that gets compressed into a couple of conversations, or the strength of Katniss' platonic feelings for fellow Hunger Games victor Finnick, whose marriage to Annie (Stef Dawson) is similarly glossed over in one quick scene. But otherwise, the director and screenwriter keep the pace brisk, even as it seems like one long, deadly obstacle course to Katniss' inevitable showdown with Snow. At one point, Katniss asks someone why he's helping her, and he replies that she's earned a long and peaceful life. After four films of Lawrence playing Katniss, who wouldn't agree?

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