Film Review, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

The final chapter in The Hunger Games saga, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 has arrived with a promise to put an end to the games once and for all. Directed by Francis Lawrence and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Juliaane Moore, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The film abruptly begins right after Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is reunited and then attacked by fellow District 12 tribute-finance  Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).  After the meeting Katniss begins to realize that she must join forces with her fellow rebels to overthrow the Capitol and bring peace to Panem.

Despite the compelling visual effects, fight scenes and all star cast, much of the film was spent trying to strench the storyline over the course of two hours.  Although the film adaptation did manage to follow Suzanne Collin’s books one can argue that the conclusion could have been easily fit into Part 1. Although this can be seen as a win for diehard fans of the franchise, it comes as a price to pay for anyone who is not already familiar with the previous installments or the book series. Instead of spending large amounts focused on battle scenes viewed in the first person narrative by Katniss, the film could have done a service to its fans by offering a review of the events leading up to the grand finale.   The film may have been the conclusion to the story about the girl on fire, but instead ended in a cloud of smoke.

Grade: The Hunger Games: Mockingly Part 2 – C




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