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Katniss Meets Her Waterloo in ‘Mockingjay’ Part 2

Katniss Everdeen-HG-M pt 2-680The creators of The
Hunger Games
series have done themselves, and their fans, a disservice by splitting
the final chapter of Suzanne Collins’ saga into two movies. Up until now the
films have been on an upward climb, each one topping the last. The one constant
has been Jennifer Lawrence’s charismatic, committed performance as Katniss
Everdeen, aka Mockingjay.

This
concluding entry in the series is possibly the weakest. It’s unrelentingly glum
(as is Katniss) and its purported twists and surprises can be seen coming a
mile away.

Peeta-Josh Hutcherson-1-680

The through
line is Katniss’ determination to assassinate President Snow (a gleefully
malevolent Donald Sutherland). At the same time, President Coin (Julianne
Moore) becomes more transparent in her efforts to use Katniss as a propaganda
weapon in the war for control of Panem—with Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) at
her side. Meanwhile, our heroine is distressed to find Peeta (Josh Hutcherson)
a victim of brainwashing whose tendency toward violence has become almost
uncontrollable.

Some of the more
colorful recurring characters (Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci,
and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) have little to do this time around, which
further flattens the proceedings and gives the picture a one-note quality. Lawrence
is as solid as ever, but her character isn’t as compelling as it was in the
earlier installments of the story.

There are some
exciting action scenes and impressive visual effects, but they aren’t the
reason people go to see The Hunger Games.
It’s the characters and their dilemmas that propel this series, and this
one concludes with more of a whimper than a bang. 

3 comments

  1. James says:

    I disagree. Great finale! The HG series definitely concludes with a bang and a memorable, emotional performance by the great Jennifer Lawrence.

  2. H-Man says:

    SPOILER- DO NOT READ BELOW UNTIL YOU SEE MOVIE!!!

    Really, Maltin? You really could see Primrose’s very sudden death coming from "a mile away???" Liar, liar, pants on fire. Sorry, I don’t let critics get away with BS like that.

  3. CC says:

    H-Man
    Leonard is a living legend in the film community and you are some nobody with laptop. I think I’ll trust him before a nobody.

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