By Olivia Fries-Farr ’19
Bamboo Points: 9.5 out of 10
The final installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay Part 2, has earned more than $650 million worldwide at the box office – and the film continues to attract an audience in theaters with good reason. The movie offers many twists and complicated special effects that create excitement and intrigue. The acting and storyline are also very intense and believable! Fans will not only be satisfied, but any viewer should be entertained by this adaptation based on the novel by Suzanne Collins.
Mockingjay Part 2 brings the beloved characters into a war that is coined the 76th Hunger Games. However, all the districts have joined together in rebellion against the Capitol. Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, and Squad 451 meet in the outskirts of the Capitol and overcome deadly obstacles. The original supporting cast appears despite the change in circumstances. Katniss takes a personal stand against the Capitol and sets out to kill President Snow. Returning characters include Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields), Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), and Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson).
A more recently introduced character, Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) provides Katniss a breakthrough opportunity to sneak into the rebellion front lines and fight. However, Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) manipulate the games against the Capitol using the Mockingjay to rally support from the district rebels lead by Commander Paylor (Patina Miller) and Katniss’s plan to infiltrate the Capitol. They create the Star Squad as a front and bring Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) into the propo crew, which are Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Castor (Wes Chatham), and Pollux (Elden Henson), to show that he has joined the alliance to overthrow President Snow (Donald Sutherland). The team includes Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), the propo crew, Lieutenant Jackson (Michelle Forbes), Leeg #1 (Misty Ormiston) and Leeg #2 (Kim Ormiston).
Although reviews have been positive, not all critics have raved about the film, which portrays Katniss as more reserved and not as the “Girl on Fire.” I think Katniss does seems to have lost her inner flame. She is more focused on her objective to kill Snow — and perhaps the choice tohave Katniss become more introspective and focused on her personal mission rather than embracing her heroism was the writer and director’s creative choice to show how her external behavior is different from her internal focus to mask her true intentions. Maybe it is the best way the filmmakers could gracefully end the story without the audience wanting more.
If you are a Hunger Games fan like me, you will be pleased with how the film has been designed to include the most important scenes necessary to complete the series successfully. My recommendation is to go see Mockingjay Part 2 today!
Peeta Mellark: You love me. Real or not real?
Katniss Everdeen: Real.
Finnick Odair: [Sardonically] Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the seventy-sixth Hunger Games.
President Snow: [from trailer] I’ve been watching you… and you watching me.
Johanna Mason: [On Peeta Mellark] We had adjacent cells in the Capitol. We’re very familiar with each other’s screams.
Katniss Everdeen: You should have been the Mockingjay.
Johanna Mason: True. But no one likes me.
Katniss Everdeen: They trusted you to get people out…