Saturday, 19 December 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay , Part II (2/5, Bad)

The final chapter is an epic action film seeking to thrill us with an overload of action scenes and little dialogue. It will also be remembered as a film with a terrible ending. 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay as one film itself is dull and lacks of genuine excitement. Of course, the twists and the different situations make our beautiful Jennifer Lawrence go through a lot. She is becoming the symbol of the resistance against a system of greed, discrimination and violence. The irony is that her character becomes an object of entertainment and shock by this movement of resistance: not only she is being filmed with a perfect aftermath battle background to capture her anger but also she is being told what to say in front of the camera. That is an interesting element brought into the script: there is no real escape from human nature's taste to violence and entertainment. 

Part I was setting the dramatic tone. Part II (as usual) is merely action scenes. A few scenes can be remembered for its powerful dramatic tone but the CGI scenes take the stand to forget an actual script. Of course you would say, this is a blockbuster. Well, the action scenes aren't so thrilling neither. Heroes fall from both sides but we did not share a single tear. Some actual dramatic scenes are ridiculous supported by a terrible acting. Too bad, there was much to do in a context of a civil war.A highlight though: the massive Donald Sutherland portrays the perfect evil and is still scary enough until the end.

Perhaps the end is the most "epic" thing: it is the perfect "not to-have" ending. Was it necessary? Even Lawrence and the famous "Peta" are laughing in front of the camera for knowing how ridiculous that finale was. But hey, the film is a pretty entertaining blockbuster with a lack of epic to make it a great Part II. The lesson? Splitting a film into Part I and Part II does not make it a better novel adaptation. 

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