Jeri Jacquin

Expected to make fans crazy starting tomorrow from director Francis Lawrence and Lionsgate is the conclusion of the series with THE HUNGER GAMES: Mockingjay – Part 2.

After Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) was attacked by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), things are heating up even more in Panem. President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is hatching more plans to stop the rebels from reaching the Capitol. President Coin (Julianne Moore) puts together a special team to reach their target.

Katniss teams up with Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin) Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Johanna (Jena Malone), Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Messalla (Evan Ross) and Pollux (Elden Henson). But what upsets Katniss is that Peeta is with them as well. His mind is still not right and proves it when the group is attacked.

As the group dwindles, it is up to Katniss and Gale to reach the steps of the Presidents mansion and bring the war to its end!

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Lawrence as Katniss wraps up her role as the ‘girl on fire’. Thinking she knows what or who she wants, it’s hard to tell sometimes. I enjoy Lawrence as an actress so I give her props for seeing her role to its final conclusion.

Hutcherson as Peeta gets to play crazy for a bit of the film. He’s not really much help to the group and I wondered why they would bother to bring him. I mean really, at this point I didn’t think even President Snow would care if Peeta showed up. It almost felt forced but hey, he needed to see it through as well.

Sutherland as President Snow is wonderfully evil from the first HUNGER GAMES to the last. Even when he is in the rose garden with Katniss acting a little crazy, he is not about to let her walk away thinking it was all about him. His facial expressions can be deceiving which makes his character even more amazing.

I’d go through each character but there are just too many put together in the finale. Moore as Coin is a character I always felt was so contrived. I never believe for a moment that she had anyone’s best interest at heart except her own. I enjoyed Harrelson and Banks very much because there characters always made me laugh. Hemsworth, Malone, Dormer and Claflin aren’t on the screen long enough to follow but good to see them.

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Other cast include: Jeffrey Wright as Beetee, Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, Wes Catham as Castor, Sarita Choudhury as Egeria, Eugenie Bondurant as Tigris, Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch, Willow Shields as Primrose Everdeen and Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE HUNGER GAMES: Mockingjay – Part 2 three tubs of popcorn out of five. This is where I’m going to get myself into trouble because, personally, I was expecting so much more. Instead it seemed to be Katniss hurt, Katniss well, Katniss hurt, Katniss miraculously well, others die, quick surrender and a 15 minute monologue after the fact. I wasn’t captivated in the slightest.

Yes it has flash, bang, drama, intensity but everything that happened I expected to happen and, more importantly, I never read the books. Not a good thing when I can pretty much predict it to the very end how it was going to go.

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That being said, it’s the end of another series leaving the door open for anyone else coming up with a series of films with the finale unnecessarily broken up into two parts. I know fans will be happy and that’s all that matters right? When it comes out in a collectors set perhaps I’ll do a marathon in homage.

In the end – the revolution is all about us!



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