Vic's Flick Picks
The Hunger Games:
Mockingjay Part 2
….as usual with The Hunger Games and its various installments, we start exactly where we left off in Mockingjay Part 1. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is trying to come to terms with the fact that during his incarceration at The Capitol with President Snow (Donald Sutherland), her beloved Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) has been brainwashed to the point of no return. She is heartbroken.
However, the rebellion must go on and President Coin (Julianne Moore) and Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman – it was quite bittersweet to watch him onscreen) are not above using Peeta’s misfortune to inspire The Mockingjay – Katniss – towards an invasion of The Capitol.
Director Francis Lawrence has done an excellent job of switching this final installment away from the colors and brightness seen in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire to the browns and greys of The Mockingjay that seem to remind us that rebellion is not glamorous and real life is not always pretty.
The story winds its way to the compelling climax and we spend a lot more time with Gale (Liam Hemsworth) this time around – and more Peeta than Mockingjay Part 1. The action and special effects were excellent. I especially enjoyed the sewer tunnel scenes – they were very intense and the tension onscreen was palpable. Good stuff. As Katniss and her squad are moving through the grey world towards The Capitol – that somber backdrop perfectly highlights the episodes of fire, explosion and terror as President Snow throws everything he has at the rebels. The squad gets smaller until finally, as it should be, Katniss is once again standing alone with her bow and arrows facing the horror of what people will do to each other.
Four out of five boxes for Mockingjay Part 2. The twisted ending was just as good onscreen as it was in the book – but as always I miss reading the inner monologue of Katniss as she discovers hidden treachery and runs into tragedy. The way Lawrence personifies Katniss is perfect – and the characters around her are also perfectly portrayed. This film series is classic, but if you can, read the books – it’ll make the movie better. This film is rated PG-13 for scenes of action and violence.
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