While the movie certainly could have been handled in one installment, I do recognize that the story of Katniss grappling with the PTSD she now suffers having survived two Hunger Games at odds with a rebellion that has pinned all their hopes upon her as the catalyst that would spark their movement across all the districts that comprise the fictitious nation of Panem needing to be focused on in its own movie, as the stakes become the hearts and minds of the people that comprise this nation. From the tremendous cast we’re treated to great performances as the central government and the rebel controlled District 13 enter into a propaganda war interspersed with short action sequences.
Perhaps one of the biggest divergences between the book and this movie is the decision to keep on Elizabeth Banks in her role as the flamboyant Capitol escort now turned wardrobe consultant Effie Trinket who brings a great deal of humour to an otherwise grim setting was a welcome addition.
Given that the trilogy’s finale is so different in tone from the previous two installments, it’s unsurprising that it has received a lot of criticism, but in my opinion has always been the more interesting part of the story as we reach the real meat of Collins message. Unfortunately we’ll need to wait for Part 2 before we can see the final conflict between Katniss and President Snow.