December 1, 2015
By Tiffany Skelnik
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is a Francis Lawrence directed film that completes the Hunger Games film saga based on the trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins. The main cast members make their return as the story of Katniss Everdeen, the Mockingjay, comes to a conclusion. The film picks up where Mockingjay Part 1 left off after Katniss is reunited and subsequently attacked by Peeta. The currents of the rebellion are stronger than ever as Katniss continues to be the symbol of hope for many even as she struggles with her own inner battles.
Jennifer Lawrence’s performance was outstanding. She effortlessly demonstrates Katniss’ heavy burden, which is brought on by the high expectations of everyone around her and the wartime conditions. Aside from Katniss’ bravery, Lawrence’s’ performance also allows us to see a softer and gentler side of Katniss, particularly in the moments with Josh Hutcherson as Peeta. As she comes to terms with what happened to Peeta and fights to bring him back to her, Katniss’ stubbornness and vulnerability is made all the more obvious by Lawrence’s performance. Josh Hutcherson’s performance as Peeta was heartbreaking to watch. As Peeta faces the challenge of figuring out what’s real, the audience is carried right along with him. Hutcherson portrays both the aggressive and broken moments of Peeta equally well. His scenes alongside Lawrence were some of the best of the film.
The special effects in the film managed to effortlessly bring the wartime conditions to life. The battle scenes were intricate and well done and really showcased the world of Panem and how war impacted it. Through the use technology, propaganda and weaponry, Panem was made to look realistic to the viewer. The explosions made it clear that the war was a war for humanity, continuing along the same lines as the previous installment. The performances did well in demonstrating the devastating effects that President Snow’s tyranny brought about.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 was a fantastic conclusion to the series. There was a lot to enjoy. It was a remarkable send off to an exciting series. I highly recommend it.