A movie that is too silly to be so somber, and too somber to be much fun.
The Hunger Games, which kicked off in a blaze of guts 'n' glory in 2012, ends now with a sad whimper, along with a lot of big bangs signifying nothing.
Director Francis Lawrence stages the action sequences... with a modicum of flair, and Julianne Moore as rebel leader Coin gives off some sparks, but for the most part there is nothing divertingly new or different about this franchise fade-out.
After the forced histrionics of Part 1, it's nice to see star Jennifer Lawrence being allowed to quiet down and act again. But the story still feels stretched, a countdown that slows as it approaches zero hour.
This revenge plot animates Mockingjay Part 2 with a satisfying rage.
Explosive, mostly true to the text, complex and chock full of action, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" should more than satisfy the franchise's many fans.
The Hunger Games movies began with much promise but after the pinnacle of Catching Fire, it has been a slog to the finish line. We're finally there and I feel more exhausted than fulfilled.
The final installment of the "Hunger Games" franchise manages to give us everything we've been waiting for and still underwhelm.
If Mockingjay - Part 1 was walkier and talkier than its forerunners, Part 2 is pretty much all action - and lesser for it.