The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part II: Not the way you would have wanted it to end

Mockingjay Part II fails to give us anything that we haven’t seen in the movies yet.  

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part II (English)

Director: Francis Lawrence

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson

In a scene in the early portions of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part II , Johanna Mason tells Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), our protagonist, that the speech she gave the night before, appealing to all the districts to come together against the cruel, corrupt and mighty Capitol was inspiring.

So much so that she could feel goose pimples on her body at that moment.

You may ask yourself, what was so great about the speech?

The problem with the scene also becomes a major problem with this epic sci-fi thriller, the last of the series. You know the magnitude of the proceedings; you know a lot is at stake.

Although the rebels, the 12 districts of Panem, the dystopian universe of the Hunger Games series, have joined forces against President Snow – the prime antagonist– it is a long way before they can defeat him. Their march to Snow’s mansion is filled with dangers; the empty dystopian streets with its abandoned high-rises are a minefield of avalanches of black oil (pod), genetically mutated animals (mutts) and hidden cameras. They also have a bit of in-fighting, a potential love triangle and an agenda-driven President of their own (Julianne Moore) to deal with.

You can see the characters getting affected by all this. But it doesn’t affect you as much.

Part of the problem can be attributed to the predictable route it takes. It is too close to the fantasy tropes, its eventual triumph of good over evil, for its own good. At the same time, it is too grim to be fun. It is also not satisfyingly twisted and dark.

Jennifer Lawrence tries her best to make you keep watching. The reluctant leader of the rebellion carries the emotional baggage of the earlier Hunger Games films on her face, pale and unglamourous, but guided by steely determination.

As an allegory, Mockingjay Part II fails to give us anything that we haven’t seen in the movies yet.

The twist in the end is hardly a twist at all. The film closes down the series (as of now), but not the way you would have wanted it.

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