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Have you ever been so hungry that there comes a point when that hunger disappears? A year is a long time to stay hungry for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) says to Katniss Everdine (Jennifer Lawrence): “You Katniss you rarely disappoint”, unfortunately this would be that rare occasion Haymitch. I was expecting a three course meal to satisfy my hunger and all I received was; a cold sandwich, loquacious social and political commentary and an ending that made me think: true or not true?
I have a confession to make: I’ve only seen the first instalment of the Hunger Games! I thought this is interesting a little darker than that vampire trilogy featuring a female protagonist that is; part feminist, part Greek goodness with a smattering of vulnerability and hormones coursing through her veins. In any event even if a film is part of a trilogy it should be able to stand on its’ own and enjoyed singularly. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is not that type of film. We pick up right where part 1 finished or so I presume. It might have been nice to have had a brief recap not least because as interesting a character as Katniss Everdine is – a year is a long time. The gang is all here: Peeta is psychotic after his interrogation at the hands of President Snow and the rebels are battling against President Snow and each other. This is the “final Hunger Games” – the 13 districts have united for their very survival. Panem is in the midst of war. Will President Snow be defeated by President Alma Coin and what about the truth that our heroine must protect at all cost?
The film is for diehard fans or individuals who just have to know what happens to Katniss and the gang. All I will say is prepare for heartbreak as main characters meet rather unfortunate ends. There are one or two “scary” scenes and I say that as one who is a proud scaredy cat and avoids horror films. The social commentary about refugees grew a bit thin after a while – this is after all a film aimed at the tween and teen market.
The problem big franchises like The Hunger Games, The Hobbit, Twilight etc face is keeping the momentum going with a year between the final instalments. I felt it borrowed heavily from Star Wars in certain scenes, there were moments when I thought are those storm troopers alas not, it might have added much needed zest. I was glad when it ended and I cannot even recall the final scene. I remember thinking is that it but I couldn’t tell you what the final scene was. Katniss looked tired and emotional throughout most of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2 and the tiredness was definitely contagious!
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2 opens nationwide on 19 November.