The highly anticipated final edition to the Hunger Games series is finally here, and boy does it end with a bang. Here are five reasons to see Mockingjay Part 2:
- Welcome to the war
From the moment Mockingjay Part 2 begins, it’s clear that the war against the Capitol is in full swing. Safety has left all districts and no one is exempt. Director Francis Lawrence has done a fantastic job at creating a world of war where disaster and crisis can be seen, heard and felt, and a few unexpected twists may have you thinking twice about who can be trusted. Screenwriters Danny Strong and Peter Craig have constructed an exciting and somewhat controversial story in this edition. While Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) and Effie (Elizabeth Banks) add their typical witty quips to the film, Peeta’s (Josh Hutcherson) transition might have viewers a little more on edge. Nonetheless, the shifting dynamics between characters makes for an intriguing experience that may be enough to turn anyone into a Hunger Games fan.
- Let the games begin
As the Capitol becomes fearful of revolt, Snow must make decisions, and true to form it’s all about putting on a show. Even Finnick describes the war as the 76th Hunger Games. All the usual rules are in place – make the terrain as challenging as possible for the contestants and create a bit of a blood bath. This call to ‘let there be blood’ results in a violent war with devastating casualties. The special effects here are impressive and unpredictable, encompassing everything from oil spills, explosions and flesh-eating mutts – all of which elicit terror for viewers. Neither ground nor rooftop nor underpass is a safe road for Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) pack of rebels, which is bound to leave viewers anticipating where the next booby traps will pounce.
- Hope and humanity
Although Panem seems to be on a dire path, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and their crew remain hopeful that a resolution may be on its way. This show of hope is made even more promising thanks to the dynamic performances by Lawrence and Hutcherson, who expertly remind us why we fell in love with their characters in the first film. Their final scene together is a slightly surprising turn of events, balancing all the darkness with some light. Despite all the death threats and catastrophes, the ending is sure to warm a few hearts.
- Snow vs. Coin
What would a Hunger Games film be without villains and opposition? Snow (Donald Sutherland) and Coin (Julianne Moore) both deliver powerful performances as two very different leaders who often mirror each other, and at other times triumph at the other’s expense. Sutherland has always had a dominating presence in these films as the fearless President Snow, and in the final scenes the character shows an interesting side to himself – a side of dark wisdom. Coin, on the other hand, is a formidable leader if a little dubious. Moore presents an interesting characterisation as a commanding leader, and adds a terrific element in every scene she appears in.
- The Mockingjay warrior
In this final edition of the Hunger Games series, Katniss is the protector and a symbol of hope; but there is a lot of terror in her eyes. Lawrence portrays the effects of trauma with a raw and honest performance, and her expression of human suffering is heartbreaking to watch. The grind of grief seems to have taken its toll on Katniss, and finally she has had enough; but being battered and bruised won’t stop this tough-as-nails heroine, and her strong character is inspiring to watch.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is in cinemas now.
Image source: Roadshow Films.