“Mockingjay” marks the spot with finale
Written by Calvin Leong on November 17, 2015
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part 2)
In Cinemas: 19 November
Running Time: 137 Minutes
Rating: 3.5 stars / 5 stars
“Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to the 76th Hunger Games.”
And damn right Finnick Odair was. The fourth movie and final instalment in Hunger Games series was wrapped up rather satisfyingly, if not a little bitter sweet.
When the decision came to split the final movie in The Hunger Games into two parts, the cynics perceive it as milking the cash cow. After viewing the movie in its entirety, however, this split feels justified.
Mockingjay Part 2 picks up from the cliff-hanger in part 1, where our heroine, Katniss Everdeen, realises that the freshly rescued Peeta Mellark had been brainwashed by the Capitol to believe that she was an enemy of the people. Armed with the burning desire to exact revenge on President Snow, she heads to the Capitol.
Part 1 speaks of media manipulation, while Part 2 becomes a full out war against Snow. Elements from the previous Hunger Games instalments come in to fray here – such as futuristic traps, holograms, appearances (!) as well as inventions – as our heroes and heroines attempts’ to infiltrate the Capitol are resisted by devious gamemakers.
The movie is chock full of action, including a truly gruesome sewer fight scene, the movie’s most action packed sequence, before finally culminating in a symbolic moment where Everdeen hits the mark.
In comparison to part 1 (which felt a little draggy), part 2 is wonderfully paced. Within mere minutes from the opening scene, our heroine gets to work. For those who like action, Mockingjay is something you might want to consider, although the action might not be so hardcore.
Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence brilliantly captures the steeliness her character requires, while at the same time balancing the subtle poignancy that has been the constant throughout the series. If any, Lawrence is most on point with this balance in Part 2.
This movie also boasts its glorious CGI effects in full force. Although the book dumps the formulaic pattern of The Hunger Games arena seen in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, this pattern is visually restored in Part 2, beautifully enhanced and visually stunning for the viewer.
However, no matter how great the visual effects were, the dialogue could be jarring, and honestly, after all the action, focus on the love triangle took a back seat. The moments toward the end also were little awkward in execution, owing to the late Phillip Hoffman Seymour’s passing, the thought of which can make it a little off putting for some viewers.
But ultimately, Mockingjay soars – it is poignant and satisfying fitting finish to the Hunger Games series.
Big thanks to Cathay-Keris!
Photo Credit: Murray Close