"Jam packed full of ferocious emotion and kinetic energy. An impeccable conclusion to this young adult fiction epic"
Those who have already read the book will be delighted with the result, whilst those who haven't are given neatly tied up hints and reminders to all the pieces that connect and make this film hang heavy with meaning. Mockingjay Part 2, the final instalment from the worldwide franchise The Hunger Games, storms onto our screens with ferocious emotion and kinetic energy.
We are thrown into the middle of an awe-inspiring scene, picking up directly where we left off from the former chapter. The recognisable face and brunette locks of the rebellion; the Mockingjay is temporarily wounded, but this doesn't stop her fighting for the one thing she desires above all else - to see President Snow (Donald Sutherland) fall once and for all.
Between Coin (Julianne Moore), Pultarch (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) and Snow, it’s now time for Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) to fight with the rebels and put an end to all the unrest. It’s strange to think how far we have come, side by side these triumphant victors. Now residing in a universe consisting of a blacks, browns and greys verses the vibrant colour palette the Capitol so graciously donned underneath all of their cruelty, this is much more politically rooted tale than we have ever seen before. Our eccentric Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) of course still looks fabulous in outlandish outfits who brings out the dry sarcastic humour between the floppy haired Haymitch (Woody Harrelson).
As explored in the latter part, director Francis Lawrence continues to delve deeper into our three-headed-beast of Katniss, Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and Peeta’s (Josh Hutcherson) scars of war. Not just the cuts and bruises but the heartbreaking emotional wounds that it seems they will never fully overcome after what they have all been through. Palpable tension consumes the screen as these actors skilfully explore post-traumatic stress and mental illness. This is a sinister and dark tale, lacking in sentimentality that thankfully sugarcoats nothing. The brutality of war is portrayed in a necessary way regardless of its certification. At times we forget these warriors are indeed human when they throw themselves around like ragdolls. Yet when the fighting halts for a brief moment, raw feeling emerges reminding us that their beliefs are the only thing keeping them trudging towards the Capitol. Some Hollywood tropes seep in but are arguably placed perfectly to appease this otherwise unhopeful dystopian landscape our characters face day after day.
This edginess is incorporated with the visible vulnerability each of them embody. These people who once knew exactly what they wanted and where they wanted to be are now all in flux. Even kisses aren't real in this, riddled with hate and a war-torn, post-apocalyptic environment. Considering the amount presented in the book, picking out what is deemed worthy of making an appearance on-screen must have been an almighty task. In the main, and indeed throughout the entire series, there have been plenty of moments of note. Shivers down spines and tears falling from cheeks – predictably poignant moments fans will be expecting - wash away as quickly as Katniss offering herself as tribute at the start of this journey.
A wedding, one hell of an uprising and the return of Buttercup, Mockingjay Part 2 is the epic conclusion we all hoped for and one that this franchise utterly deserves. Being so emotionally profound, it gives Lawrence and Hutcherson one last chance prove themselves as the powerhouses they are and to explode on-screen as the wounded couple. Action sequences galore, mixed with weighty excitement and a strong socio-political stance, there is no doubt about how powerful Mockingjay is. Miss Everdeen will continue to inspire young audiences, in the hope that during dark times we face in the real world, some of will come forward and challenge the status quo too.