It’s the dramatic end of another franchise. In the new Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) continues to spearhead the revolution and takes the battle to the Capitol, where she must kill President Snow.
After a considerably slower part 1 (they always are), Mockingjay Part 2 brings the action. Despite there not actually being a Hunger Games in the film (though Finnick subtly calls one battle the ’76th annual Hunger Games’), there’s still tension, and stakes, and the feeling that one of your favorite characters is going to die. However, it does struggle to marry the action with much engaging plot, and the actual story arc is surprisingly small for a long movie, with much of the final instalment’s political story being told in the previous film. But what is there is good; loose ends are tied up, whether we like it or not, and the whole franchise feels worth it when we finally get to see (spoilers, but not really) Katniss happy in the end.
In a genre often defamed for being superficial (the dreaded young adult genre), the Hunger Games has always felt like and been a level above the Twilights, Divergents and Maze Runners. This is because of the high calibre of the cast, the films’ ability to interest a wider audience than just teenagers, and also because of the political nature of the films. Mockingjay Part 2 is no exception; although it seems like the big reveal of the film is whether or not she will choose Peeta or Gale, the Hunger Games films have always been more than that, instead highlighting the corrupt and intrusive nature of governments in a dystopian world that is sometimes eerily similar to our own. Something that young adult films don’t always get credit for is their ability to convey important messages to the younger generations; it might not be the most intricate or deep political film ever made, or even the best of the series, but Mockingjay Part 2 (and the Hunger Games series in general) is a good example of the way a film can affect change in young people and spark their interest in the truth of the world.
Though it has problems with timing and plot, the Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is a great film to finish off a great franchise. Full of action and injected with political relevance, Mockingjay Part 2 proves that the young adult audience is interested in more than just sloppily written love triangles, and that the young adult genre can be engaging and cater to a wider audience.
Here’s my list of my top 5 favorite films starring the cast of Mockingjay Part 2:
- X Men: Days of Future Past – Jennifer Lawrence
- Capote – Phillip Seymour Hoffman
- Now You See Me – Woody Harrelson
- Pitch Perfect – Elizabeth Banks
- Bridge to Terabithia – Josh Hutcherson.