The franchise has come to a close for ‘The Hunger Games’ and ends with a bang. Before reading any further, if you haven’t seen ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’ then look away, because this a review for a second part of a two film double feature that I will be stating certain events from the first part that carries over to this second part.
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’ continues where literally ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’ ended, recovering from the injury that Peta did to Katniss, she embarks on joining her fellow District 13 volunteers to fight in the Capitol and to stop President Snow’s reins of power and corruption.
‘Mockingjay – Part 2’ does have some exciting action sequences and spectacle, improving from ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’s sequences, but while I do very much like the first part, as it was slow, but it was meant to be slow to build up what we get with this second and final entry of ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise, it isn’t quite the finale we were hoping for. The first half hour was slow, and felt like a continuation of ‘Part 1’ that could have still been attached to the previous film, but once the film approaches to the Capitol, the film feels like a completely different film, as it becomes very suspenseful at times, plenty of tension and uncertainty amongst characters, even going further for more development towards certain characters. There are at times, slow pacing towards the action sequences, however, most of the scenes are interesting towards character relationships and the political side of this war that the Capitol are up against.
While the conclusion may get slightly confusing at the moment, it becomes clearer towards the film’s final scenes, even though it may get predictable, until that final moment, you question what side these characters are supporting, however it is a satisfying send-off to this smart young adult franchise. May I also add, some of the best moments in the whole franchise is through some of these action sequences, very well executed with loads of suspense and tension.
The acting talent is pretty much on point, across the board. Jennifer Lawrence continues to prove how great and fit of a role with Katniss Everdeen, as she embodies the role perfectly. Donald Sutherland is, like usual, terrific as President Snow, as he is terrifying and menacing with the power he has over a city like the Capitol. Josh Hutcherson continues to improve with each entry of this brilliant franchise, and offers his best acting performance to date. Other supporting roles also had great performances such as Jena Malone and Sam Claflin.
If you love ‘The Hunger Games’ series, you’ll enjoy the series finale of this franchise, it may not be the best of the series, however, it is still a satisfying and suspenseful conclusion.
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