Mockingjay — Part 2: The 10 biggest changes from page to screen

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A Definitive Ranking Of Every Jennifer Lawrence Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Red Carpet Look.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, the final installment in the franchise, premiered Thursday evening and brought in an estimated $16 million at the box office. It’s a strong and promising number — Jurassic World took home $18.5 million in its opening night — but one that trails behind all of the three previous Hunger Games films.

There are gripping action sequences and cringe-inducing monsters for the beleaguered heroine and her allies to slay—but, the franchise has lost much of its death-defying urgency and grit, with a perfunctory wrapup that feels trite and anticlimactic. So naturally, we’ve ranked all of J-Law’s epic red carpet dresses from the premieres all around the world – because the serious journalism just never stops with us.

That said, director Francis Lawrence’s political allegory has thematic aces up its sleeve that keep Suzanne Collins’ dystopian young adult saga viewable—not the least of which is Katniss’ memorable scene with her beloved sister’s purring kitty, limned to thespic perfection by J Law’s Oscar-winning chops. Jen looks properly fit here, but while the simple black dress is working wonders for her, we think it’s her glowing, simple make up which is making the whole look for us.

In a video shot by one of her traveling companions, the actress cavorts with joy on a bed in a plane, where she said she was (finally) able to get 12 hours of sleep. For Katniss, it’s no longer just about saving her sister Prim: She embraces the role of the Mockingjay to give the residents of the 13 districts who rally behind her a fighting chance against a lifetime of oppression! In 2013, luxury e-retailer Net-A-Porter teamed up with Trish Summerville, costume designer for Hunger Games: Catching Fire, on a capsule collection based on the film.

Controversial, but we love this angelic full-length gown SO MUCH (probably because it could double as a nightie and saves the hassle of changing when you get home). This time, all bets are off as the 74th Hunger Games champ teams up with Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Johanna Mason (Jenna Malone), Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) and an odd army of blood-thirsty warriors raring to liberate Panem—and put a stop to Snow’s reign of terror! The Capitol Couture line featured adaptations of designs that appeared in the movie including a laser-cut leather dress for $995 U.S. inspired by Katniss Everdeen’s chariot outfit.

In the fourth and final installment of the science-fiction franchise, Katniss faces an unexpected dilemma: a game-changing twist involving ambiguous resistance leader Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), while everything—and everyone—she holds dear hangs in the balance. The detailed bralet looks incredible underneath that sheer, plunging shirt, and even though the overall style stays pretty conservative with the full black skirt, the jewellery keeps it super modern. Suffice it to say that the stakes are higher—and we’re not just talking about the difficult choice Katniss has to make between Gale and the brainwashed Peeta, even after his Tracker Jacker-induced attempt to kill the woman he professes to love! Katniss’ swan song wouldn’t be complete without fleeting parting shots from the unusually sober Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), Plutarch Heavensby (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Hunger Games’ commentator Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) and the lovably loopy Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), who’s back to make sure that Katniss is at her loveliest when she faces new foes in Coin’s “symbolic” Hunger Games—ironically intended to signify the end of tyranny! Angelina Jolie’s intimate drama, “By the Sea,” operates on an interesting premise: Three years after a string of miscarriages, the marital woes of washed-up writer Roland Bertrand (Brad Pitt) and his emotionally volatile wife, former dancer Vanessa (Jolie), come to a head when the New York couple travels to a rustic seaside town in France and meets the young newlyweds next door, Francois (Melvil Poupaud) and Lea (Melanie Laurent).

Wearing a daily uniform doesn’t have to be stifling, as many creatives and innovators have discovered (see: Sofia Coppola, Karl Lagerfeld, Steve Jobs). As if following the adventures of Katniss didn’t come with enough ups and downs, fans will soon be able to take a real-life roller-coaster ride inspired by her train trip to the Capitol, and a simulated hovercraft tour of the Panem nation.

A recreation of District 12 complete with costumed characters is in the works for the complex in Dubai, but here’s what we would add to the mix: A Harry Potter-themed bar called The Lockhart recently opened in Toronto, featuring “potions & elixirs” that allude to characters and a decor that pulls from inscriptions in the book. With its brooding atmosphere and a storytelling style that is mannered and agonizingly slow, it spends too much time telling what is actually a simple story. As a filmmaker, Jolie tells compelling but often incohesive tales (“In the Land of Blood and Honey,” “Unbroken”), compromised further by yarn-spinning skills that lack punch and focus. Local city bylaws prevent weaponry from being in such close proximity to alcohol, so instead of a crossbow range on the patio we would settle on a dartboard where the bull’s-eye would be President Snow’s face.

Consider The Flux Capacitors, a SoCal ensemble that bills itself as “the only official Back to the Future-themed ’80s band.” The group performs ’80s hits decked out as Marty, Doc, Biff and the like, and even brings a DeLorean replica to shows. Panemonium is an obvious choice if we’re going in a punk direction, but we also like The Jabberjays for a hip-hop crew, or Peeta Burnt the Bread for the shoegazing crowd. There’s no shortage of songs about stickin’ it to the man to choose from: “Fight the Power,” “Killing in the Name” (natch), “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” Any encore would have to include a haunting rendition of “The Hanging Tree,” followed by the anti-establishment anthem “Tubthumping.” Those Panem rebels, they get knocked down, but they get up again.

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