Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelsom, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright, Paula Malcomson, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Stanley Tucci.
Rated: PG-13. Sci-Fi/Adventure. Running Time: 2 hours 17 minutes.
Maria and I have stumbled across and watched two of the worst acted movies of all time in the last few weeks. 1999’s putrescent Resurrection, with Christopher Lambert and this year’s equally abysmal Vice, starring Bruce Willis and Thomas Jane. Please avoid these movies at all costs! There was one upside to viewing them however, they made me realize that Jennifer Lawrence is the best actress to come along since Meryl Streep, period. She becomes every character she plays, and brings out the nuances of the human condition with an underlying fierceness, that simply makes it impossible to take your eyes off of her. Very seldom do you read a book, then see a movie based on said book, and totally agree with the casting, and THG:MP2 is no exception. Woody Harrelson as Haymitch is off base for me, as are Gale (Hemsworth) and Peta (Hutcherson), but Suzanne Collins had to be blown away by Jennifer Lawrence, she IS Katniss Everdeen and I can’t imagine anyone else in the role. The final installment does the franchise proud, and stays true to the books. Actually, I found myself jealous of those in the packed theater that hadn’t read the books. It would have been better if I didn’t know what was coming. Either way, Mockingjay Part 2 is fabulous, go see it ASAP!
Well, we’re back in the saddle again. And what a great time to choose to revisit our reviews. Mockingjay Part 2 is enjoying its first weekend in theatres, which we all know will result in a number 1 spot run for an undecided amount of weeks. But this time, it actually earns it. Last year Part 1 left me pissed off and feeling robbed. As you all know, I despise when a final installment is cut into two money grabbing sections and let’s be frank, Part 1 does not have the plotline to stand on its own. Part 2 is presented as a peace offering, with its nonstop action, cameos by every major character and closure on all storylines. As Ross mentioned, we were both envious of our clueless audience members who either could not remember or never read the books. We knew what was coming, but that didn’t take too much away from the emotional gut punch and never disappointing Ms. Everdeen. Lawrence is the glue that makes this screen adaptation work, with wonderful supporting roles from Phillip Seymour Hoffman (RIP) and Donald Sutherland. The others deliver decent performances, but the three I have listed really steal the show. Especially the intense and rare interactions between Sutherland and Lawrence. These two actors fully embrace and embody their characters and it is a pleasure to watch them on screen together. Even knowing what happened didn’t weaken the tension as the last half hour of the film unfolded. I truly enjoyed this series, both in print and on screen.
Oh I have to agree wholeheartedly, Donald Sutherland is deliciously evil as the remorseless President Snow. Very few movies can reach the heights of greatness without a superior villain. You may have noticed that we haven’t done any plot review in our review, well we figure that if you’re going to the fourth installment of The Hunger Games, you must have a pretty good grip on what’s going on. Suffice it to say that Katniss and her compatriots have their work cut out for them to save the residents of Panem. There are equal parts triumph and tragedy and sometimes it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Through it all, there is Katniss, the Mockinjay; Panem would be totally fucked without her. Three finger salute to you my dear, thanks for the spectacular ride!
The fourth installment can be summed up in a whispered remark passed from Finnick to Katniss, “Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the 76th Hunger Games”. This time the games are set on demolished city streets, and they are a spectacular backdrop for this violent and arduous war. Snow has some hidden surprises for the rebels who are invading his beloved Capitol. And he plans to make their deaths as entertaining and public as possible. It’s war, so of course there will be casualties. Some harder to swallow than others. But Mockingjay Part 2 is a proper send off for this cast and crew who have delivered a series worthy of such a masterful story; demonstrative of human beings heroism, defiance and hope. And we sure could use some of those in our real lives.
Ross’ Rating: 4 Gummy Bears out of 5.
Maria’s Rating: 4.5 Gummies.