Friday, November 20, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt.2 (2015)

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“Katniss Everdeen. A small town girl from District 12 who survived the Games and turned a nation of slaves into an army!”

            The epic Hunger Games movie series comes to a dramatic, action packed end with Mockingjay Part II.
            Mockingjay Part I left off with Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) being brought back to District 13 after he had been captured and brainwashed by the Capitol. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) had gone into to speak to Peeta and because he was so brainwashed in the Capitol to hate Katniss he attacks her and nearly chokes her to death.
            Mockingjay Part II begins with Katniss still recovering from being choked by Peeta. She is still determined to fight with the people against President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and bring down the Capitol. President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) of District 13 has her own ideas of how to use Katniss. She does not want the Mockingjay to go into battle she wants to use Katniss as a promotional and moral boosting tool.
            Katniss cannot just sit back and watch people fight and die for something she feels she started. She hears from Johanna Mason (Jenna Malone) that there is medical transport bringing supplies to the front. Katniss gets on the plane and is brought to the base. Right away she known and everyone gathers around her. Now President Coin and game maker Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) have no choice but to let Katniss in some action. They have Katniss, her friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick Odair, and Cressida (Natalie Dormer) and her film crew, along with a few other soldiers are to go to the front lines miles behind the actual fighting.
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            Of course this small troupe is soon under fire and desperately fighting for their lives as they move closer and closer to President Snow and his stately home.
            In the end comes peace to Panem and finally to Katniss and Peeta’s lives,
            The cast of Mockingjay Part II and just the whole series in general is amazing. The role of Katniss Everdeen could not have been cast any better with Jennifer Lawrence. It is fantastic to see a young actress not afraid to go dark places and really stretch her acting. You can tell Lawrence gives her all in role, you can see she is not afraid of doing anything with her acting and that is what made her so perfect as Katniss. Plus the girl has an insane emotional depth to her acting. This may sound odd but I nearly flipped a shit when Michelle Forbes showed up as Lieutenant Jackson. I think Forbes is also an insanely talented actress. The range of characters she has played on TV is awesome she can really play anything and kick its ass. Natalie Dormer is fantastic as Cressida. She was a bad ass bitch and I loved every scene she was in. And I gotta throw out that Gwendolyn Christie has a small part just because she and Dormer are in Game of Thrones. I wish she had been in it some more. I also very much enjoyed seeing Mahershala Ali as Boggs. He used to be on this show called The 400 and I really liked his character and I have seen him in other shows and movies and I really like his acting. So happy to see him in a big movie like this. Elizabeth Banks was stunning as Effie Trinket she was way too perfect as the eccentric character. If I go into the other actors you will be reading for two more pages and I do not want to do that to you, dear reader. Just know everyone else did a wonderful job in their roles.
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            Mockingjay Part II was a perfect ending for The Hunger Games series. Really I have zero complaints about this Mockingjay or any of the movies in the series. The story is so good because it is about love and the sacrifices people make for love. Katniss was motivated to help people because she was compassionate and she loved and cared for everyone in her life. It is refreshing to read and see a story like this in literature and in movies. Go see Mockingjay Part II as soon as you can. It is definitely worth seeing in theaters.