The final instalment of the Hunger Games; Mockingjay Part 2 is finally here. For fans of the franchise, we finally get to see how the dystopian world of Panem fairs against the rebels led by Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).
Considering Part 1 was a dreary slow burner, Part 2 is a lot more exciting, although does start out quite slowly itself. As the rebels try to unite all the districts to fight against the city and President Snow (Donald Sutherland), Katniss struggles to gain the trust of a previously brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). Tired of waiting for something to happen in base camp, she stows away in a medical supply plane to join the front line and fight with her fellow victors and best friend Gale( Liam Hemsworth).
All the major players from the previous movies are there including Woody Harrelson as Haymitch, Elizabeth Banks as Effie and of course, Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch, despite having died eight days before the end of the 55-day production schedule. While it’s clear that some scenes are digitally edited to include him, it does add an edge of sadness to the film, being the last movie he ever made before his accidental drug overdose.
Mockingjay Part 2 does give fans the closure they want, but with an unlikely twist reminiscent of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. If you’ve come this far and watched all of the movies, you might as well finish it, but if the franchise is new to you, you’ll be lost following Mockingjay Part 2. As the very first Hunger Games movie was my favourite to date, this movie was sort of anti climax, however still worth seeing for some freaky extra ‘games’ in the Capital.