The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

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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.

Release Year: 2015

Rating: 7.4/10 (2,181 voted)

Critic's Score: 72/100

Director: Francis Lawrence

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

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.

Writers: Peter Craig, Danny Strong

Jennifer Lawrence - Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson - Peeta Mellark
Liam Hemsworth - Gale Hawthorne
Woody Harrelson - Haymitch Abernathy
Donald Sutherland - President Snow
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Plutarch Heavensbee
Julianne Moore - President Alma Coin
Willow Shields - Primrose Everdeen
Sam Claflin - Finnick Odair
Elizabeth Banks - Effie Trinket
Mahershala Ali - Boggs
Jena Malone - Johanna Mason
Jeffrey Wright - Beetee
Paula Malcomson - Katniss's Mother
Stanley Tucci - Caesar Flickerman

Taglines: The fire will burn forever

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 20 November 2015

Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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User Review


Rating: 9/10

Well, I might have some bad news for all the people who mainly liked the first two Hunger Games films for the gladiatorial action and disliked 'Mockingjay: Part 1' for the lack of it: if you didn't appreciate the politically charged human drama and grim tone of the last film, you will probably not like this one either. While the bleak, gut-wrenching conclusion to the Hunger Games saga does bring the action back (although of a far grittier and more realistic kind than what we saw in the first two films), its tone and themes are a perfect continuation of 'Mockingjay: Part 1'.

I've never read the books, but I guess I'm in the minority among the non-book-readers, because I really liked the third film. I liked it precisely for its non-action-based narrative and very credible portrayal of a fascist system with all its horrific oppression and propaganda tools. I had hoped the final instalment in the series would continue to explore the human drama the way 'Mockingjay: Part 1' did - but I was actually not prepared how far Part 2 would exceed my expectations: the emotional impact this film has tops what came before in every conceivable way. 'Mockingjay: Part 2' is a gut punch of a film and a near masterpiece, and it may very well be the least "popcorny" popcorn film and least likely blockbuster ever to receive that label.

This is supposed to be a spoiler-free review, so I won't go into any story details, but the most astounding thing - especially compared to the first two films - is how layered 'Mockingjay: Part 2' is. This is not the simple good-against-evil story anymore: this is a really smart study on how propaganda works and how one fascist system is about to be replaced - albeit with the best intentions - by another. A very wise person once said: "War makes Fascists of us all" - I believe 'Mocking Jay: Part 2' does an excellent job at getting that point across. Apart from the delightfully evil President Snow, there are no mere black and white characters here; instead, we get a story that really has something to say and a sincere and complex exploration of an escalating civil war that threatens to consume everyone. Unlike most YA adaptations, the film doesn't shy away for a second from showing what that means: the audience is left in no doubt about the human toll this revolution will take in the end.

Maybe the current situation in Syria made this film resonate more with me than it should have, but I was surprised at how un-Hollywood-like and really, really well this was done. As I said before, I've never read the books, but if Mockingjay: Parts I&II come closer to capturing their essence than the first two adaptations, they're definitely deserving of the success they got. With its well-drawn characters (portrayed by an outstanding ensemble of actors), credible dialog and a story that takes its time, this felt like so much more than just your usual popcorn movie. And I can't stress this enough: Jennifer Lawrence MAKES this film; the whole franchise, really. The emotional intensity she brings to Katniss feels so real; it's the kind of performance that, in this kind of film, sadly often gets overlooked, but I sincerely doubt a better Katniss could ever have been found and I hope Lawrence wins her second Oscar for this.

So my final verdict on the film: 'Mockingjay: Part 2' is great, smart entertainment that doesn't have to rely on special effects and one mindless action scene after another. It's a fitting ending to Katniss' journey and a satisfying conclusion to the saga, but it's also a heartbreaking, emotionally exhausting experience that will stay with you long after viewing (even the champagne-fuelled premiere crowd in Berlin was eerily quiet for a short while when the credits started rolling). 9 stars out of 10.

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