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Film Review: Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II (2015)

“I drag myself out of nightmares each morning and find there's no relief in waking.”
― Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

 

The moment we’ve all been anticipating. Whether you read the books or only got into the franchise through the movies, this is the end of an era for all fans. An entire generation is now wandering around aimlessly contemplating life and everything that happened in this final film. For anyone who’s enthusiasm dropped a little with the release of Catching Fire, just know that Mockingjay parts one and two make up for it entirely. This last film really is a thrilling, emotional, terrifying and dramatic ride of events. I didn’t see a single person leave the cinema without tears in their eyes, or just trying to fathom what they’ve just seen into comprehendible words.

Our reluctant heroine, Katniss Everdeen, has to step up to the mark and lead a rebellion against the Capitol and their leader, President Snow (Donald Sutherland). As if she didn’t have enough on her plate, taking the entire fate of the districts into her own hands, Peeta remembers nothing of the man he used to be after being brainwashed by the Capitol and Snow, and is under orders to kill the woman he once loved. It’s all very dramatic!

Staying true to the books, director Francis Lawrence does a fantastic job encapsulating the book’s written events and depicts the most thrilling sequences. Your back will be aching by the end of the film as you will be on the edge of your seat throughout. There was one moment, and you’ll know which bit I’m talking about when you see it for yourself, that made me leap out of my skin. I saw the rest of the scene through the gaps between my fingers.

As always, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss is flawless. Josh Hutcherson really shows off his acting skills in our final encounter with him as Peeta Mellark, although whoever was dying his hair needed to cover his roots a little better! Liam Hemsworth shows us all he’s more than just a pretty face, and can portray an array of heartfelt emotions. Natalie Dormer, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman; this cast is incredible and I doubt the Hunger Games would’ve been even half as successful without them.

Underneath the layers of gripping excitement, and heartbreaking and shocking scenes, this film represents civil war and unrest in a though-provoking way that engages young people. Although the premise seems far from our first world reality, the idea of corruption and humanity shows us that both sides believe they are on the right side for their own reasons.

All in all, this film sends off the franchise with three fingers and a whistle; a sad goodbye to an emotional investment. IMBb rates this as a 7.2, but I'd say it's easily an 8.5. It could've done without the cheesy essence, but other than that I can't really fault it. Now it's time for me to re-read the books, and see this final film another half a dozen times. 

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Written by April Williams

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