The final film is finally here.
It’s the franchise that has grossed over one billion dollars at the box office (likely to grow exponentially once figures are in for the latest installment), and has transformed the lives of its’ three stars; Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. Now it’s almost over. Yes, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is out now and follows the path of Katniss Everdeen as she, with the help of District 13, plan to overthrow the Capitol and President Snow.
Part 2 follows the growing trend of franchises beginning their sequencing films exactly where they cut the previous one. This is not surprising given how Part 1 ended, with Peeta Mellark in the clutches of President Snow, giving Katniss Everdeen even more of a reason to gather the districts of Panem so they could band together to finally destroy President Snow.
The sensational Jennifer Lawrence, as Katniss Everdeen, outdid herself by giving Katniss that raw emotion and authenticity that has become signature since the first film hit cinemas in 2012. Lawrence has consistently proved her talent throughout the franchise, showing audiences that she has the tenacity to not faulter with this well-known character.
The short, quiet, yet groundbreaking Josh Hutcherson has put on one of the best performances of his career as Peeta Mellark. He cleverly showcased the two sides of Peeta that President Snow brought out of him in the Capitol, and let the audience get inside his head, allowing them to question if he would ever go back to the way he was before he was taken.
But one of these triangle of stars didn’t shine as bright as the others. Gale Hawthorne, played by Liam Hemsworth, was just like he was throughout the entire franchise – boring and bland. He never really showed any chemistry with Jennifer Lawrence, which made every scene he was in barely memorable.
The inclusion of director Francis Lawrence in Catching Fire brought the series to a level that the The Hunger Games didn’t have. Like Mockingjay Part 1, Lawrence extended moments that seemed to drag on for days, making the film be boring at times.
He brilliantly showcased the different relationships between every character. His use of close-ups exuded every aspect of the relationship in the film, every detail of what they were feeling, and where the relationship was going. This made me notice if a relationship was going to end or whether it still had something left to give in the film – which was exciting to witness.
Part 2 also didn’t have the usual spurt of humour that its previous three had, which made the film much more serious and intense. This was an excellent choice by Francis Lawrence as this is the last movie of the franchise and it has a very strong message to it. It didn’t deserve to be overshadowed by humour that took away from the film, hence why Hamish Abernathy and Effie Trinket weren’t present for most of the film. It was about Katniss and her strive to take down the Capitol, so the humorous Effie and Hamish weren’t really needed.
So if you want to see romance, strength, and tenacity at its finest, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is what audiences will remember for a lifetime.
Just like the pulsating flick of Katniss’s arrow flying through the air, another popular franchise has gone.
Rating 4/5 – Ashleigh Stevenson
Top photo of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 promotional poster taken from WIN 98.5 Country’s Official Facebook page.