The Dystopian Drama Struggles Reaching Its Potential

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The Hunger Game Mockingjay Part 2 picks up where it’s last movie left off, with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) nursing injuries inflicted upon her by the brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). The battle between the rebels and the capitol continue as the rebels prepare to bring down President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Julienne Moore’s Alma Coin begins to look a lot like an ice queen rather than a liberator leaving Katniss wondering who she is really fighting for.

The Hunger Games is the phenomenon it is because it means many different things to so many people. It is a story of war, peace, love and bullets, a strong independent woman fighting for her future, her friends and family future. This movie is inspirational, personal and strange all in one, it speaks to humanity’s past and present.

Katniss and her squad set out on a propaganda mission in the repressed Capitol where already pacified by other rebels. President Snow has set up deadly “pods” containing everything from machine guns, flamethrowers and explosions and waves of oil goo to create another version of the “hunger games”. The movie got the idea from the book each movie had to have its own hunger games which is not necessarily true. Frank Lawrence’s films were not just a tournament where children fought each other, they were bigger than that, they were stories of repression and revolution. In this movie we lost a bit of that because of its slow beginning from the moment Katniss tried to speak her name as Philip Seymour Hoffman, looks on sadly as the ally Plutarch Heavensbee. Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer Lawrence is a role model to young girl on and off screen. In newspaper, New York Times Manohla Dargis states, “It’s crucial to the conception of Katniss that most of the character’s more emotionally plangent scenes have been with other women, including her family, friends and other Hunger Games combatants” (Dargis,19, Nov. 2015). This allows the audience to connect with Katniss Everdeen’s character on more of emotional level focusing on the power girls have to change the world.

The movie could have begun with more of a focus on how to get Peeta to remember who he really is.  The writers Peter Craig and Danny Strong did a good job with the script and slipped in some humor from Katniss’ fellow victor the sarcastic and witty Johanna (Jena Malone). Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer Lawrence continue to show her vulnerability and bravery while preparing for the showdown with President Snow in hopes of bringing peace to the city of Panem. The warrior goes rogue and joins her fellow rebels with a mission to kill President Snow instead of being an image of hope from being the mocking jay. The Capitol has killed so many young people including her sister in the end of the movie leading her to kill Alma Coin.

The movie ends in triumph with peace brought to the Districts. The movies ending carried on too far and was inconsistent to the rest of the movie. The movie should had avoided focusing on a Katniss’s future years down the road instead of what they did shortly after the war ended. The movie should have gone into more detail onto what happened to the other rebels that have been by her side in previous movies. The instalment should have more details on what happened to Katniss’ childhood friend Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) because although he may of have known more about the mission than lead on, he was always on her side. Despite the attempt to bring the spirit of The Hunger Games onto the battlefield with creatures called “mutts” and booby trapped fields the movie fell short of bringing the gladiatorial games back to what it was in the first two movies. Although the plot of this movie could have had a rewrite the instrumental cast made this ending worth watching.  The final instalment brings in some complex ideas about corruption and power refusing to sell out its role-model heroin and its dystopian themes.

Sources:

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-hunger-games-mockingjay—part-2-2015

Quote and Picture: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/20/movies/review-the-hunger-games-mockingjay-part-2-katnisss-final-battle.html

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