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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Directed by Francis Lawrence.

Mockingjay Part 2, the finale of the The Hunger Games series, brings back the crowd favourite Katniss Everdeen for one last time to the big screen and this time in 3D. Although the series was originally targeted for young teens like other dystopian ones such as The Divergent, Maze Runner and so on, The Hunger Games could entertain the adults as well and thus having healthier box office numbers than others. Has the finale provided a proper closure for the series?

If you are following the Hunger Games series, you might still remember that in Mockingjay Part 1, Katniss was spearheading the rebels in District 13 after the attack by Capitol and Peeta, having been "hijacked", tried to kill Katniss unsuccessfully. Part 2 continues on to show how Katniss, under the instructions of Rebel leader Coin, negotiates with rebels in District 2 to join hands with District 13 to attack the Capitol. She joins the star squad that infiltrates Capitol but the Gamemakers of the Capitol have other plans. It's like a repeat of the Hunger Games but just within the Capitol. Does the squad evade the pods (traps) and reach Capitol? What happens to Snow? Do the rebels finally bring an end to anarchy?

Mockingjay Part 2 is the most boring of the whole series, followed by Part 1. As the writers and director Francis Lawrence have made the first two movies box office hits, they know for sure fans will see the finale anyway, even if they are unnecessarily split into two parts to increase the profits. Even though Part 1 was disappointing, as it didn't feel like a complete movie with a hook ending, it made the expectations for Part 2 to soar, to know how the series end. But the director just threw away the opportunity and takes the story in the most predictable way you could ever imagine. Worse, the twists in the plots are just big mines like the pods in the Capitol. If you question the logic of any of the character's decisions and their actions, your brain will just explode. The dialogues are so cheesy that you can use them in your sandwiches but so dry you will not be able to swallow. The proceedings are too artificial to care for any of them, including Katniss. Even James Newton Howard's music could not uplift the movie beyond its means. Jo Willem's cinematography is adequate but the editors could have trimmed the movie considerably in the first 90 minutes.

Jennifer Lawrence, who has grown leaps and bounds as an established actress, commands an immense screen presence, which other actresses of her generation could only dream about. She once again continues her good work in the series but the weak screenplay lets her down. Donald Sutherland gets to show his seniority over everyone else and he excels as President Snow, although his unscrupulous character too gets lousy. Julianne Moore tries her best as the rival of Snow but mostly fumbles. Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks, unfortunately do not get much scope and the movie's fun factor goes with them. Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth are just fine. Philip Seymour Hoffman (R.I.P) appears in the screen for the last time, with some digital help.

At the end, I just felt happy that the ordeal ended and thanked Heavens for not giving a Part 3. If you are a fan of the series or have an itch like mine to know how the movie gets concluded, then watch it.

Others, just stay away.


2015, 4, English, Review