The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Brings a Close to the Futuristic Saga
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2: Rated “PG-13“ (2 hours, 5 minutes)
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
The Story Continues
So, here we are, with the concluding chapter of the Mockingjay. After much soul-searching, rebel icon, Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) agrees to become the de facto symbol of rebellion as the Mockingjay, she then attempts to help Peeta (Hutcherson) regain his normal state, after which she leads an assault on the Capitol, and tries to deal with the battles coming her way...but all for her main goal; assassinating President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and returning peace to the Districts of Panem. As her squad starts to get smaller and smaller, she makes her way to the Capitol in her attempt to get her revenge on Snow. Or will her target change?
Not a Big Fan: Here's Why.
Okay, we won’t lie, we haven’t been a really a big fan of this franchise. From the beginning we have felt that it was more a “Socialized” science fiction than “true” sci-fi. We grew up reading Heinlein, Clarke, and Asimov, so our Sci-Fi had actual science in it. All of these films (this one, The Host, the Divergent series, The Giver) are all weak on setup, and — to be frank — are all pretty week on delivery, still we will admit that while the premise for this series is wanting, we have come to like the later installments for the growing complexity and depth of the story.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Official Trailer – “We March Together”
Coming up to Speed
As with the previous film (the first half of this tale), the story becomes more interesting and thus watchable as the story progresses. Katniss and her team advance on the capital while President Snow and his forced do what they can to stop her. The twin forces clash with a full-scale revolt and invasion of the capital with the results being in line (very nearly) with how we expect these things to turn out (no spoilers here). Leave us say that the story was entertaining enough to keep us in our seat for the duration of the film and that fans of the book (and previous films) will no doubt enjoy.
Here's What We Think
As for us, however, even though we did enjoy it, we still feel that these stories are based on fragile, ill-conceived premises and are more about working out much lighter social issues than dealing with larger, more complex issues (as did much of the sci-fi we read as a youth) so — to us — it all feels light, and struggling to have a greater weight than it actually does. We honestly don’t mean to disparage these films, but they really do seem to be not so much fully thought out tales, but romance stories, masquerading as thinly-veiled parables attempting to comment on the nature of Millennials issues in a big cruel world. Not that there is so much wrong with that, but works against them, and makes them all seem like the same story to us. Needless to say, your mileage may differ.
A call to arms
March on the Capital and President Snow
The Complete Saga
If you are a fan of the complete Hunger Games Saga, then you are going to want to collect it on DVD/Blue-ray