The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (7/10)
by Tony Medley
Runtime 132 minutes.
Not for children.
There were three books, but this is the fourth movie. Itís not like the
story is so complex that it took one more movie than book. Itís probably
just that they wanted to make a lot of money, so, why not?
The third book was filmed all at the same time and then split into two
movies. This is so old that Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died almost two
years ago, makes an appearance.
There are lots of references in this, Part 2, to things that happened in
Part 1. I didnít see Part 1, but it didnít make this incomprehensible.
In fact, I didnít see the second movie, either, so Iím not all caught up
in the teenaged love interest of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence)
and Gale (Liam Hemsworth and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), and, anyway,
thatís played down in this film.
This movie more or less stands on its own. If you havenít seen any of
them you really donít know why President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is
such a bad guy or pretty much anything about President Alma Coin
(Julianne Moore) who is the leader of what appears to be a bunch of
rebels. But you eventually get the idea.
I had as little interest in the romantic problems as the movie does, so
that doesnít even rise to the level of a Z story, much less a B. Even
without all the background, this is a pretty good action film as Katniss
and a few others invade President Snowís city and combat lots of
obstacles that require interesting special effects and CGI to get to his
palace and try to do him in. Jennifer Lawrence is beautiful and easy to
watch, and gives a good performance. It might be more interesting if
youíve seen all the others, but Part 2 can stand on its own, too.