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First thing’s first, I loved the way Mockingjay Part 2 opened up. It began mid-scene, like you’d hit the pause button, gone to grab a snack and hit play again. Brilliant way to open. The acting, of course, was superb. From the aforementioned Lawrence, to Josh Hutcherson – whom I’ve been a fan of for years – to Donald Sutherland as the hauntingly evil Snow. Mockingjay Part 2 continues to follow the book almost verbatim, with just a few changes. For one, the violence in the film is disturbing but nowhere near what’s in the book. There’s no shortage of violence in the cinematic version but, in an effort to keep the film in its YA/PG-13 demographic, some of the more gruesome character perils are omitted or changed – such as Messalla stepping into a light beam and Katniss watching as his skin melts off his body in the book as opposed to the light beam vaporizing Messalla in a million pieces in the film. These slight changes didn’t take anything away from the film for me. Another interesting change from book to film is Greasy Sae. Director, Francis Lawrence, chose not to introduce a new character in his film but it would have been nice to include Greasy Sae. She was mentioned quite often in the book and helps take care of Katniss when she returns from the Capitol after the war. There’s no Greasy Sae in the film, so Katniss is left mourning the death of her sister, Prim, by herself with the family cat, Buttercup.
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