I wasn’t always a big fan of The Hunger Games, until our teenage daughter asked me to watch the first movie with her. Which of-course led to us watching the second, and then we were hooked. Recently seeing the fourth, and final installment, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 in the theater was bitter sweet for me. I enjoyed a fun evening out with my daughter, but was sad to see the series come to an end. It’s been a great mother/daughter experience for the both of us.
Movie: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Running time: 137 minutes
Moviegoers: Mom, 45; Allison, 16
Family movie faves: Avengers, Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Caribbean.
Fave movies for grown-ups: Pulp Fiction, Bridesmaids, The Bourne Identity.
The story: As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.
Our thoughts on the movie:
“We need to stop viewing each other as enemies” a fitting ending to a strong series. Picking up immediately after The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, this conclusion is even better than the previous installments. Though, not better than the first. The movie is action packed, but slows down just enough to keep building character development through a few emotional scenes, and even a little humor. Over-all the 137 minutes move very quickly. We both really enjoyed this movie, and recommend it. 4/5).
What kids will like: I think teenagers will enjoy this movie. Lot’s of action. Easy to follow with a gratifying ending, even if you haven’t read the books. The main characters are also easy on the eyes, and likable.
What parents may like about this movie: Though the story is often dark, and includes death, the movie works hard to keep a positive message. Not a lot of blood. It’s an easy movie to watch with your teens. The movie is well acted, and very well made, featuring some nice visual effects.
Positive themes: Learning to overcome your fears and standing up for what you know is right. 5/5)
Violence/scare factor: Lots of action. Some intense chasing. Fighting, and killing without blood shed. We were both startled and jumped a few times. 4/5)
Sex/Romance: No sex, or romance but the discussion of feelings and love. Two maybe three kisses. 1/5)
Bad language: If there was any, we didn’t notice it. 0/5
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