Overall this movie was a bit disappointing as an ending to the much beloved Hunger Games series. After the much more measured pace of the earlier entries, Mockingjay Part 2 jumps around, almost drunkenly, as we near the end of Katniss's saga. The beginning of the movie drags somewhat as preparations for the Rebellion's invasion of the Capital continue. However, very little of this first act is actually about the inevitable confrontation with President Snow and his cronies, leaving the movie feeling unfocused. The second act begins as Katniss disobeys orders to sneak off the front to join the fighting. After a cursory introduction of some new characters to fill out Katniss's unit, we are treated to another slow spell as our heroes continue making propaganda movies (a callback to Part 1), this time in the war-torn Capital. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, we are thrust into a prolonged action sequence as the squad runs into trap after improbably-designed trap. However, Katniss and Company are never near the front lines, and their adventures seem far removed from the human conflict she has helped engender. Instead of fighting against her fellow Panem citizens (Panemanians?), which is a moral conflict the movie is very deliberate in setting up, she spends most of her time contending with sentry turrets and these weird zombie-mutant things called Mutts. The third act encompasses Katniss's final push towards Snow's mansion, and ends with an enormous anticlimax.
Throughout the Hunger Games movies we have witness some tonal inconsistency with the character of Katniss: that is on full display here. The first movie did a great job of making Katniss a likable everywoman who was swept up in the tides of forces far beyond her control. By this final film, she has become the most important woman in the country and the focal point of a civil war. However, far from being cathartic that a character with whom the audience initially has so much in common now has a measure of control over her country's future, it instead feels like Katniss has just become less relatable and less likable as she has become more important. She's somewhat wooden here, and though her obsession with killing Snow to avenge her District is understandable, it exists to the detriment of the humanity and selflessness that makes her such a hero to begin with. In this go-round, she often acts selfishly to carry out her own wishes to the detriment of those that are depending on her. And the fact that everyone in the supporting cast is by now at her beck and call heightens the unflattering impression that she could care less about them at this point.
Much of the movie centers around the tension between Peeta and Katniss after his capture and brainwashing in the previous film. That Peeta alternates between wanting to support Katniss and wanting to kill her may be a natural result of his "hijacking," but Katniss's seeming ambivalence towards him is less well explained. Although it's only logical to be wary of someone who attempted to strangle you to death, even a former fiance, here Katniss seems unable to scare up any sort of emotion towards Peeta. Still, she goes through the motions of being in love with him even though the emotion just isn't there. Add to this mix Gale, a character who loves Katniss but clearly feels unworthy of her, and you get a very confused love triangle. It certainly could have been interesting, but the plot devotes very little time to actually developing this thread beyond simply pointing it out on a consistent basis. That may be why its resolution feels so rushed.
Indeed, the whole movie hits a point where about 90 minutes (and three earlier movies) of development just kind of whooshes to a conclusion without much warning. The climax of the movie, such as it is, sees everyone acting almost irrationally. What's more, it ends very abruptly. I actually thought at the time that I must be watching a dream sequence, because I didn't believe the movie had skipped over so much of the climax, but indeed it had. Without spoiling anything, suffice to say that Katniss's final confrontation with her arch-nemesis of four movies is brief, not really about either of them, and provides little satisfaction. Although Katniss's final choice is noble, the circumstances that necessitate it feel tacked on and out of place. We are then treated to a short and sweet epilogue that may actually be the best, most convincing part of the movie despite feeling so out-of-left-field it's practically a non-sequitur. And then, the credits roll.
In the end, Mockingjay Part 2 isn't a bad movie, but it doesn't live up to the previous movies. This installment could have benefited mightily from ditching the entire first act and taking more time wrapping up Katniss's story. Although we *know* that Katniss is a great hero from her acts in previous movies, her character in this movie should have been a little more heroic and a little less focused on revenge. It was interesting to see a darker side of the typically altruistic and idealistic Victor, but there needed to be a little bit more of Old Katniss in New Katniss. And the ending, as many have pointed out, was very rushed and should have been given more time. In the end, I would certainly recommend that anybody wanting a conclusion to the series should probably watch this movie, simply because it is the canonical ending. But don't expect a satisfying finale.