‘The Hunger Games’ couldn’t have happened without these two

21 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Final “Hunger” A Full Plate.

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. In the clip, the star could be seen wildly celebrating the fact that she had finally gotten 12 hours of sleep on the non-stop promotional tour, as she thrashed around on a bed in a fit that ended up dislocating one of her toes.

So just how much have the three leads and their costars changed since they first made their debuts as Katniss Everdeen, Gale Hawthorne, and Peeta Mellark, respectively? Jennifer Lawrence might be the most important American movie star alive right now, proving repeatedly that she is not only a critical darling but a bankable superstar. For his part, Josh Hutcherson’s Peta is scrambled and confused after being tortured in the capital, while Gale – poor Gale (Liam Hemsworth) – sulks in the corner.

In many scenes that take place in risky urban landscapes savaged by war, and in many underground scenes that actually bring zombies into the story, Katniss gathers a team of warriors from District 13 who are trying to liberated Panem. Katniss may be sharpening her arrows to take out the evil President Snow, but the biggest villain here is greed and the decision to split Suzanne Collins’s pulse-pounding final novel into two separate films. She is the Mockingjay, a reluctant symbol of defiance that has fanned the flames of revolution and put the decadent 1 percent of the Capitol on the precipice of annihilation.

The cameras are always on her, in order to inspire the rebelling districts, but in the final film based on Suzanne Collins’ dystopian YA trilogy, she has her sights set on President Snow (Donald Sutherland) — and it’s personal. Snow is still the cackling tyrant who needs to be overthrown, but the regime-in-waiting — led by Coin (Julianne Moore) and Plutarch (Philip Seymour Hoffman) — present a more nuanced view of good and evil and the pursuit of power.

The only actor who seems to be enjoying himself is Donald Sutherland as Snow, the increasingly unhinged leader leering like a jackal at all the blood he’s spilt. Donald Sutherland, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and Swifty, the Wonder Arrow. The Games of the previous films might be over, but the assault on the Capitol is complicated by a gauntlet of deadly traps, and Mockingjay 2 is rated PG-13 for sound reasons. “Collins’ source material always fell outside the conventional YA curve — it is, after all, about kids killing kids for sport—but she also placed her dystopian themes inside a balanced moral universe, and gave us a female protagonist who was smart and complicated and thrillingly self-determined,” writes EW’s Leah Greenblatt, in her B- review. “The first two films managed the challenge of visually presenting the books’ violence without tipping into territory their target demo couldn’t handle. Of course, the concluding chapter of The Hunger Games was never supposed to be fun, but with all the effort expended to get here, this final showdown feels strangely anticlimactic. Mockingjay, though, strays too far into darkness.” “With its political power struggles and prodigious body count, all rendered in a thousand shades of wintry greige, the movie feels less like teen entertainment than a sort of Hunger Games of Thrones.

Saoirse Ronan transforms from hesitant girl to worldly woman as Eilis in the 1950s-era romantic drama Brooklyn. (Kerry Brown/Fox Searchlight/Associated Press) In 2009, Nick Hornby helped the world discover Carey Mulligan with his smart script for An Education: her portrayal of a self-possessed teenager kickstarted her career. The acting and production values are still well above grade, and Lawrence skillfully holds the center, letting everything the skeletal dialogue doesn’t say play across her face. Though Irish actress Saoirse Ronan has starred in some gems (Hannah and Atonement for starters), could have whole new legion of fans learning to pronounce her name (tip: It rhymes with “inertia”).

If only it didn’t have to hang so heavy.” “As the dystopian epic’s emotional, moral and physical heart, Lawrence once again delivers the best reason to stick with it. I wish every war movie ended on a note of loss, and maybe with more female writer-directors on the horizon (excluding Kathryn Bigelow, who gives men penis envy), more war movies will. In the meantime, this is the rare superhero saga in which the hero isn’t her true self until she can shed her costume and live in a world that has no need of symbols.” “What makes the material still feel personal — other than the yearslong investment and love that transform entertainments into fan communities — is the combination of Katniss and Ms. Seth Rogen, seen with actress Jillian Bell, reteams with 50/50 director Jonathan Levine and co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the raucous holiday comedy The Night Before. (Sarah Shatz/Columbia Pictures/Associated Press) Seth Rogen and friends put the high back in holiday with their raucous, Christmas-themed comedy . Lawrence and a sensationally raw Jena Malone that thrusts it into that place where heroes and villains give way to something like life.” “So if Part 1 ended on Page 177 of the book, with a brainwashed and delusional Peeta attempting to throttle Katniss (oh, the horror …), Part 2 begins on the very next page, with Katniss trying to cope with her injuries.

Even Saturday matinee cliffhanger serials, of which these films are in a sense the modern version, worked harder to bring generalists up to speed.” “The blending of CGI and practical effects is impressive, but at times it’s difficult to discern just who’s getting shot or beaten or otherwise taken out, especially during an extended sequence set in underground passageways. To round out this Christmas punch bowl of debauchery, Levine cast performers who give fresh riffs on a holiday tale, including Broad City’s Ilana Glazer as a certain Seuss-inspired villain and Michael Shannon (!) as local weed dealer Mr.

Here was an actor incapable of a false moment, who had a strange gift for finding truth in the midst of the ridiculous and the interesting in the mundane. Though the script adheres to Collins’ novel, everything that follows [what should be Plutarch’s last scene] feels extraneous, with a succession of endings straining the patience somewhat. While the series remarkably managed to sustain its cast and credibility across four increasingly ambitious features, Francis Lawrence doesn’t quite recognize when it’s game over.”

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