By Erica Brosnan
As a huge “Hunger Games” fan, I might be bias, but I absolutely loved The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. After reading the books multiple times and anticipating the concluding movies since my teen years, to say that I was sad to see it end is an under statement.
The movie begins as Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) recovers from her attack by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and has made the decision that she is will go to war for the injustices Peeta faced, feeling that she must retaliate against the vendetta that President Snow (Donald Sutherland) has for her, all despite President Coin’s (Julianne Moore) wishes.
As the Mockingjay, Lawrence offered an inspiring performance as always. She is the ultimate hero of the rebellion and is very much an adult in a young adult movie. Hutcherson gives an amazing performance as he portrayed a very convincing depiction of post-traumatic stress disorder and came to terms with what has been done to him in the Capitol. Hemsworth also was great as Gale, taking on the rebellious soldier who is willing to die for his cause and to protect the ones he loves.
Author Suzanne Collins did a fantastic job with her adaptation of her books for the big screen and director Francis Lawrence faithfully followed the vision of the books, following Katniss as the center of this dystopian universe.
Part 2 definitely was the most violent and most mature of all the movies, featuring very real themes of war, torture, the meaning of democracy, the consequences of a regime change, and nation-building. While the political theme of Part 1 had toned down, it’s still very present, especially towards the end of the film.
With outstanding performances from the entire cast and heartbreaking scenes featuring beloved characters of mine, I enjoyed it almost as much as I enjoyed the books and think it’s a movie you should definitely considering seeing.
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