Rating: M Running Time: 136 minutes
Yes, finally it's here and it's not a disappointment.
The gorgeous Jennifer Lawrence, as Katniss Everdeen, gives an emotional performance and rightfully steals the show.
Not many action films have the deep character development and strong story that these four films have. Very often these big franchise films are packaged, with movie stars, known directors and huge marketing events, so crowds will come and they do come for all those reason, but so very often I plus many others leave the cinema disappointed at having to watch endless car chases and boring fight scenes and not caring about any of the characters.
But this series of films have great characters and artful scripts that tell a powerful, riveting story with heart and action. The Hunger Games franchise has taken audiences by storm around the world, grossing more than $2.2 billion at the global box office.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 brings this movie phenomenon to its thrilling and emotionally powerful last chapter as the stakes for Katniss Everdeen escalate from surviving the most deadly games ever devised to setting the course of the future.
With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow [Donald Sutherland] in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale [Liam Hemsworth], Finnick [Sam Claflin] and Peeta [Josh Hutcherson] – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.
With a stellar cast of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Natalie Dormer, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland.
Especially bittersweet for the filmmakers was the chance to incorporate Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final performance as Plutarch Heavensbee – the Head Gamemaker who appears to be a power player in the Capitol until he proves to be a mastermind behind the rebellion. Says Francis Lawrence: “Collaborating with Phil on the Hunger Games movies was a fantastic experience for all of us – just to have the chance to watch him work and to learn from him – and his portrait of Plutarch is very moving.”
Liam Hemsworth, finds it difficult to believe the story is coming to a close and even more unsettling that he won’t be returning to work with Jennifer Lawrence in the indelible role of Katniss. “Working with Jennifer on this is something wonderful I’ll always carry,” he says. “She’s an incredible actress, but also so much fun. I’ll miss her and all the cast and crew.”
I love the way Katniss remains true to herself throughout the films, she is still just a girl who's struggling to be better than she imagines she can and as many people are killed around her, she doesn't just pep up as though everything is great.
Jennifer Lawrence has tremendous gratitude for being granted the chance to embody Katniss. “I have loved being a part of a film that sparks some really cool conversations,” she syas. “It’s been an incredible chapter in my life, and the way the films have resonated with people has been amazing.”
For director Francis Lawrence, part of the beauty of Katniss is that no matter how much her world – and her responsibilities – have changed, her fundamental values have never budged. “At her core, a part of Katniss has remained the same,” he observes. “Each of the movies has presented a complex character journey, with very different complications, but she is that same very real girl who still just wants to protect her loved ones.”
If you haven't seen the first three films I suggest you watch them first:
A cool Xmas gift would be the box set of the HUNGER GAMES BOOKS