Movie Review: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2'
bySandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense MediaNov 20, 2015
Parents need to know that "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2" is the fourth and final installment in the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' critically and commercially acclaimed trilogy. Like most final films in a book-based franchise, expect even fans who didn't catch the first "Mockingjay" to want to see how the filmmakers wrap up the story. Be prepared for intense and upsetting violence revolving around Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and company's revolution against the Capitol, including explosions, shoot-outs, several emotional death scenes, and one extremely tense sequence/jump-scare involving the scary creatures known as Mutts. Amid all the action and violence are a few moments of tenderness and romance, but nothing beyond a couple of sweet kisses. As with the first "Mockingjay," this film is also full of potential conversation starters about the role of media during conflict, the role of revolutionaries as symbols (rather than actual people), and how extremes on either side of a political spectrum can be equally dangerous.