Sunday, 20 December 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 film review

Went to see this film on Friday with my daughter who is back from University for the holidays.

IMDB says: As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.

In this Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, Constantine) directed and Peter Craig (screenplay: The Town, Blood Father), Danny Strong (screenplay: The Butler, Empire), Suzanne Collins (adaptation and novel) written film, Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle) reprises her role as Katniss Everdeen who is the face of the rebellion.  Having survived an attack by a brainwashed Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson: Bridge to Terabithia, Journey to the Centre of the Earth), President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore: The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Crazy, Stupid, Love) and Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last film: Capote, Doubt) to help them defeat President Snow (Donald Sutherland: M.A.S.H., The Italian Job).

Reunited with her sister Primrose (Willow Shields: The Hunger Games, TVs In Plain Sight), Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson: Now You See Me, TVs Cheers) and Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks: The Next Three Days, The Lego Movie), Beetee (Jeffrey Wright: Casino Royale, Source Code) and Johanna Mason (Jena Malone: Contact, Pride & Prejudice) are just a few of the familiar faces reappearing in the final instalment.

Her unit consists of childhood love Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth: Empire State, Triangle), former Hunger Games champion Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Love, Rosie), unit leader Boggs (Mahershala Ali: Predators, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Cressida (Natalie Dormer: TVs Game of Thrones, Rush), Messalla (Evan Ross: Surviving Summer, TVs 90210), Pollux (Elden Henson: Deja Vu, Castaway), Castor (Wes Chatham: The Help, In the Valley of Elah) and Lieutenant Jackson (Michelle Forbes: TVs Battlestar Gallactica and True Blood).

Sadly, the movie felt rushed (as did the last book in my opinion, so this may have been part of the problem), the pacing was slow and iconic characters such as Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci: The Terminal, The Devil Wears Prada) were underused (as was the fantastic Gwendoline Christie, best known as Brienne of Tarth from TVs Game of Thrones, as Commander Lyme).  The first two films were definitely the highlights of the franchise.

Still of Elizabeth Banks and Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

Trivia: Many of the Capitol scenes were shot in Paris and Berlin, Composer James Newton Howard celebrated his birthday the day the teaser trailer was released and on February 6, 2015, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed that there could be a potential fifth film in the Hunger Games franchise - a sequel or a prequel.

Tagline: A creature as unquenchable as the sun.                                                         7.5/10

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