Director: Francis Lawrence
Writers: Peter Craig, Danny Strong
Genre(s): Adventure, Sci-Fi
Runtime: 137 min
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore
The final chapter in an epic saga is upon us. The war of Panem has escalated after the Capitol completely destroys the other districts. Katniss Everdeen, now the leader of the rebellion, unites an army against President Snow to fight for the freedom of her people and end years of needless sacrifice.
For fans of the series, Mockingjay Part 2 is one hell of a ride. It’s everything the first three films have been building up to. War between the Rebellion and the Capitol has finally come. President Snow versus Katnis Everdeen. Good versus evil. The battle royale. That’s quite a bit of hype to live up to. Especially since they decided to split the final film into two parts and give us a year to cool down and forget.
After a few minutes of trying to recall where we left off, the fun begins. Katnis is pissed off and only has one thing on her mind, assassinating President Snow. Jennifer Lawrence is an amazing actress and the saving grace of this film. Lawrence has a unique ability to win the hearts of the audience and make them feel a wide range of emotions. You can actually feel the hate in her eyes for Snow. Vengeance is the name of the game and Katnis Everdeen is the star.
For the most part Mockingjay was the exciting, explosive, nerve racking adventure we’ve all come to expect from the series, but it seemed to be lacking something. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it until the climax of the film. Or should I say the anti-climax. It lacked the heart that the better half of the series had. It was missing the one man that tied it all together and gave it true credibility; the late great Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Unfortunately, they wrapped the entire plot line around Hoffman. His tragic death left a gaping hole in the series that no amount CG, clever camera angles or rewrites could fill.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman was one of the greatest actors to ever grace the silver screen. His range was undeniable, his dedication was unmatched and his raw talent was immeasurable. The Hunger Games was by no means his most impressive role, but he brought the same energy and heart to every part he played. It didn’t matter if it was a comedic role like Sandy Lyle in Along Came Polly or his Oscar Winning performance as Truman Capote. He was a true professional. To expect The Hunger Games to come together perfectly without him is just unreasonable. He was the character that furthered the plot. The light at the end of the tunnel. The Gamemaker turned Rebel. Hope for Katnis Everdeen. Without him, it just seemed pieced together.
Though Director Francis Lawrence was tasked with an impossible tragedy to overcome, he succeeded in many ways. Mockingjay Part 2 was incredibly entertaining and gave fans some sense of closure. It didn’t wrap up as nicely as we would have liked, but he did what he could. For everything it lacks, it nearly makes up for with pure excitement. If you’re a fan of the series, go see Mocking Jay Part 2. At the very least, you can see Phillip Seymour Hoffman in his final performance.
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