As we finally arrive to the conclusion of the Hunger Games (should have been a trilogy) four-part series we appreciate it’s first two segments. “The Hunger Games,” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” both gave us a very real glimpse into the world that author Suzanne Collins created. Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen captured the attention of America’s youth in quick succession. Though these first two films did not have the vision or strong acting to receive such notoriety, they did give us something more. Though it takes place in fictional “Panem,” these films gave us something real. Then, in the way that most endings are ending these days, they spilt the finale, “The Mocking Jay,” into two parts. Part 1 was very much a lifeless film that could have been completely avoided, for the exception of the final scene.
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Mocking Jay: Part 2 begins right where Part 1 left off. Kantiss is recovering from her reunion with the now brain washed, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutchinson). The film progresses with Everdeen’s realization that filming propaganda isn’t enough to help to the cause that wishes to free itself from the clutches of its evil ruler, President Snow (Sutherland). There are scenes throughout, involving mostly the more reputable actors, which give the film depth and presence. Although not seen often, the late, Phillip Seymour Hoffman captivates audiences as turn cloak game maker, Plutarch Heavensbee. Woody Harleson and Elizabeth Banks enhance the film, giving it more renown and perhaps nearly taking it above the expectations of your typical teenage angst film.
The film picks up as it moves forward, don’t await a repeat of Part 1. Teamed up with a group of loyal rebel leaders, complete camera crew, and her two lovers, Katniss enters the capital on a mission to end the war, to see president Snow dead, to finally end the suffering of her people. You’ll find no arena in this film, but do suspect more ploys from Snow and his elitist.
If you’ve seen the first three films of this series please see it through completely. I do not believe anyone who has watched the first three films could be disappointed with this final chapter. I will note that the ending is not one of too much popularity. Besides having split the final adaptation into two parts this series has taken a step in elevating what we expect from our films that aim towards “tweens.”