The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (2015)
|Released:||20 November 2015|
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The Hunger Games series was not just four films; it was an experience. That is never more clear than when watching the behind the scenes features on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Blu-ray. At a sneak preview of a few of the extras on the Blu-ray (available on March 22) director Francis Lawrence and make-up artists Ve Neill, Glenn Hetrick, and Nikoletta Skarlatos were on hand to talk more ab... More>>
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Danny Strong, who just won two Emmys for writing and co-exec producing HBO's "Game Change", has been chosen to pen the two part "Hunger Games" finale, title "Mockingjay". "Hunger Games" has earned more than $685 million worldwide. "Catching Fire", the sequel, will be released on November 22, 2013. "Mockinjay", the finale, will be released in two parts - the first being Nov. 21, 2014 and th... More>>
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Since Gary Ross confirmed he would not be directing the sequel to the hugely popular Hunger Games, Catching Fire, speculation has been rife who his successor would be. Well speculate no longer as it seems Lionsgate has gone with I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence. There has been a handful of names linked with the project, but Lawrence has been the front runner mainly due to the fact he is not... More>>
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Over the last week there has been a game of will he won't he being played out on many entertainment website. He being director Gary Ross and whether or not he will be back to direct the sequel to the worldwide box office hit The Hunger Games, Catching Fire. The first rumours that he was to walk away from the second film soon spread globally to the dismay of many fans. This was swiftly followed by ... More>>
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In recent days there have been reports on various media sites that The Hunger Games director Gary Ross had withdrawn his services for the much talked about sequel Catching Fire. Now it seems that those stories may have been a little wide of the mark, as it appears that Gary Ross is on a family vacation and he was in no position to be reached, and the stories that were appearing online were wholly ... More>>
Gary Ross Not Returning to Hunger Games Franchise 06/04/2012 13:56 EST
Gary Ross, director of "The Hunger Games", won't be returning to direct the next installment of the franchise, "Catching Fire". Earlier in the week, it was reported that Ross was in negotiations for the job, but he gave formal notice to Lionsgate and Summit that he will not be pursuing the position.The film will now be on a tight schedule for finding a director, since filming will begin in the Fa... More>>
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 Theatrical Review
With the survival of District 13 and the successful retrieval of Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson; The Kids Are All Right), the rebels are now setting their sights on destroying the capital and President Snow. Katniss, angry with all she and Peeta have endured at Snow's hands, is willing to be the face of the rebellion and fight alongside the others. She is, however, suspicious of President Coin (Julianne Moore, Still Alice) and her intention for the liberated districts. Likewise, Coin uses Katniss to spark the flames of rebellion but feels Katniss is too volatile to have around long term.
As the rebels use inhumane means to overpower district two and eventually move into the Capitol, Katniss struggles with her own beliefs and her emotions towards Gale (Liam Hemsworth; Love and Honor) and a brainwashed Peeta. Navigating the booby-trapped streets of the Capitol, Katniss loses members of her team and must examine her own thoughts regarding Coin, the rebellion, Gale and Peeta. Ultimately (for those who haven't read the books), the Rebels win and Katniss gets exactly what she wants but with great loss of innocent lives.
Lawrence, once again, does a very good job portraying the determined, strong-willed, Katniss. Casting her was a smart move on the part of the production team, as she embodies exactly how I envisioned the lead character when I read the books. Hutcherson is decent as Peeta but I never really felt the chemistry between him and Lawrence, and I'm not sure if a different actor might not have been a better choice. Hemsworth, Moore, Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect) as Effie, Woody Harrelson (Zombieland) as Haymitch, and Donald Sutherland (The Italian Job) as President Snow all reprise their roles from the previous films and there is a reason these actors were chosen. There were several bittersweet moments when Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) was on screen – a reminder of a young talent lost too soon.
Overall, the film was entertaining and moved faster than Mockingjay Part I, but there were times it seemed a little disjointed and frantic and got a little "preachy" more than once. Monologues by Katniss, Snow and Coin were cheesy. It did, however, stay mostly true to the book, which will leave purists happy.
Teens and young adults will surely flock to the film in droves, as it has massive box office appeal and they will get their money's worth. For the last in a series, it could have been better, but it could have been worse too. Of the four films, it wasn't my favorite, but it certainly was better than Mockingjay Part I. If you have been following the saga, you need to see the end. If you haven't watched the movies or read the books you would be lost so don't bother.
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