The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 - 4 Stars
The Hunger Games have always been a special franchise, unique in a sense and while this movie is good, really good – especially for a film in this genre it doesn’t deliver a fitting conclusion for such a good series.
The supporting cast of this film is what really makes it such an achievement. Actors such as Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Clafin, Jena Malone, Natalie Dormer, Willow Shields and Stanley Tucci all have pivotal, yet often small roles in this film – but every single one of them shines brighter then our leading men Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. Hemsworth still brings nothing to his role; while Hutcherson is constantly improving he just can’t live up to the rest of his cast. Jennifer Lawrence is still superb (as always) and she brings a level of maturity to the franchise well beyond her years.
The writing and direction just wasn’t as good as the last film – it’s political messages were still strong, which is really what defines this franchise from any other (it can easily be compared to 1984 or Brave New World) – but it’s character development was lacking. Also some emotional scenes – especially the final Harry Potteresq scene felt forced.
Overall I can criticise many elements, but it is still a stand-out film for young adults, in boasts a tremendous cast – even if it’s two male leads give flawed performances and I do encourage you to see it. However, it just isn’t as good as the last 2 films (it’s on par with the first instalment). I’m sure however, based on reactions of fans at the midnight screening that millions will flock to it and love it just as they have the first 3.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay