Let’s start the holiday movie season

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‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ review: It’s all about love, vengeance, courage and dissent.

The popular fiction franchise ‘Hunger Games’ came to an end with ‘Mockingjay Part 2’. You’ll also enjoy complementary Membership to The Australian Plus – giving you insider access to our award-winning team, unique experiences and monthly offers. Just as The Hobbit had to be extruded into a trilogy, with the entire third part based on only a few pages of the actual book, so too has Suzanne Collins’s young adult series been stretched beyond the point of artistic justification by mere corporate greed. The IMAX® 3D version of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The Imax Experience® with proprietary IMAX® DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. Yet what passed for depth in this movie seemed merely ponderous in the third film, Mockingjay Part 1, which was hardly more than the preamble to a grand finale.

They over-explain relatively minor situations and vastly under-explain important ones, to the point that the film’s most meaningful sequence ends in utter confusion. The last three films have been directed by the relatively unknown Francis Lawrence, who made a promising start before letting the story descend into a pit of gloom.

In the first two instalments we were conscious of a satirical element implying that the gladiatorial Hunger Games might be only a logical extension of Reality TV. To put that in perspective, recent film icons like Spider-Man and Iron Man can not boast four solo films that crossed that threshold and a recent Forbes poll in September showed Katniss Everdeen’s final adventure more anticipated than “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. These were also films that could be decoded as an allegory of teenage life, with a group of idealistic young people perpetually at the mercy of malevolent adults. Considered as perfect symbolism of dystopia, the final chapter of Hunger Games ends with hope, life and normalancy, something which is extraordinary in Panem. This movie has tremendous effect on the viewers. “Part 2” adds in a city that is basically a giant booby trap and a few insane creatures but stays true to the core of Everdeen’s story of survival.

Our heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), is the Mockingjay – a living symbol of resistance whose fame has been instrumental in rallying the 12 districts of Panem behind the rebels. The way warriors, machineries, media and civilians are used by both, the Capitol and District 13, will leave you wondering about the current state of our very own country along with the power of rightful dissent. Throughout this grisly procession of death we are asked to ponder the love triangle between Katniss, her long-term admirer, Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), and Peeta Mellark, (Josh Hutcherson), who has been retrieved from President Snow’s clutches but remains brainwashed and prone to bursts of manic aggression. Katniss and her friends may be engaged in a struggle to the death with a bloodthirsty tyrant, but the story unfolds monotonously between bursts of violent action and special effects.

Directed by Francis Lawrence; Written by Peter Craig & Danny Strong, after a novel by Suzanne Collins; Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson.

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