Title: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Director: Francis Lawrence Year: 2015 Run time: 2hrs 17m
“One of the most celebrated movie series of all time comes to its thrilling conclusion in the last chapter of The Hunger Games. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, who began her journey fighting to survive the brutal Hunger Games, and rose to lead the rebellion against Panem’s tyrannical president (Donald Sutherland). Now, Katniss and a team of rebels from District 13 prepare for the final epic battle that will decide Panem’s future.”
1:50 – These films really do need a “previously on…” I’m forgetful as anything. 10:30 – It’s a very serious start to the film. Moral questions right from the off. 11:55 – “I, of all people, know that it’s always personal.” 16:54 – Her voice got better then. 20:57 – “Feel free to take any of this personally.” 24:55 – When Katniss says she’ll do whatever she’s told, you kinda have to doubt her. 30:35 – I like their planes that are like Thunderbird 2, just drops off a cargo load and moves on. 43:29 – Oof, that awful moment when you’ve outlived your usefulness. 56:05 – I remember that hideous black gunk from the book. Not quite how I pictured it though. 1:01:47 – “I had no idea I meant so much to her.” 1:03:20 – I’m loving their backpacks that make them look like armadillos. 1:18:44 – Still not convinced by any of the relationships! It’s a shame. 1:27:05 – If you have to say ‘they don’t know our comfort or sophistication’ then you’ve done something wrong in your governance. 1:33:15 – Didn’t they jump over on opposite sides? 1:41:23 – So confused. 1:50:56 – I feel like those drums wouldn’t actually be able to make that much noise.
I remember not being particularly enthralled by the third and final book of this series, but it was nowhere near as bad as this mess of a film. The love triangle that I have struggled with up till now just completely disintegrated, I couldn’t see a shred of chemistry between any of the main leads - it was down to Effy and Haymitch to provide the compassion I was looking for!
The battle didn’t make an awful lot of sense, and you get this feeling that we’ve been building up and up to a big showdown, three and a half films worth and then oop, there it is, in a greenhouse. Why is he just sitting in a greenhouse?
Jennifer Lawrence continues to be great in these films, but she’s much better on her own than actually interacting with anyone or anything. She can convey so much just by looking - sadness, loss, struggle, defiance, she’s perfect for the role - I just wish the role was much better for her.
Just like the books, the first film was great and should standalone, because everything that follows is just a path to depression and confusion.