Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

2015 Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland

The final installation in the Hunger Games film franchise and this time its war.
With evil dictator President Snow cowering in his mansion, the 13 districts prepare there troops for the final assault.

One word a come use to sum up this end chapter is 'heavy', really heavy. Probably the darkest out of all the current teen fiction flicks and the 12A rating is highly deserved. The sense of loss and desperation in this film was almost overwhelming at times, I went into the the cinema tense and came out feeling like id fought the war alongside our heroes! The grimness is broken up by really elaborate and flashy action sequences that looked gorgeous on the big screen. The multiple traps called 'pods' laid out to slice, maim, burn and drown the soldiers were really well thought out. There is a fantastic sequence in which the heroes transition seamlessly from just barely escaping a hot oil pod to straight into a car park fire fight with dozens of Capital guard. All of this exploded from a great dystopian backdrop and accompanied by a booming musical score.

The acting was mostly solid, brilliant performance from Jennifer Lawrence and the final few moments had me fighting the tears (not ashamed!). However I did take issue with the smaller characters being spread extremely thinly. Effie Trinket, a usually vibrant and witty character was almost not seen at all and her inclusion in the film I felt was purely to remind us she was part of the story. I feel that this entry in the series really did cater to the book crowd and may have left ones that hadn't read it scratching there heads.
Overall Mockingjay Part 2 is a solid addition to the series, however it's sombre tone and final act make it a difficult film to enjoy per say and an even harder one to recommend.

The Verdict

Mockingjay Part 2 is an exhausting and emotional ride but a ride worth experiencing never the less. Fans of the series who have not read the book may feel the film lose speed in certain parts, but a strong central cast, heartfelt acting from its leads and gut wrenching final scenes will keep the fires of rebellion burning well into the new year.


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