Roaring back onto the box office, the latest film of the excellent “Hunger Games” series of movies does not disappoint. With stunning visuals, superb actors and a deep plot, “Mockingjay Part 2” is a great finish to the story. Starting off with the lackluster first film, the franchise blasted off with subsequent movies, grossing a total 2.3 billion dollars, not including what “Mockingjay Part 2” has made so far.
The plot picks up right where the previous film left off, with rebel icon Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) setting off to assassinate the tyrannical ruler of Panem, President Snow (Donald Sutherland). She is aided by her rival boyfriends Peeta Mellarck (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth). The story is predictably grim, maybe too predictably, but delivers a good finish to Katniss’ tale.
The special effects are spectacular at conveying much of the dread and destruction of the book. The various traps set up all over the Capitol, invented by the same gamemakers that tormented the stars in the first two films, are creative at times, and at others a bit too generic. The film is pretty slow paced until halfway through the second act, where the action picks up.
The actors are great, and Jennifer Lawrence has kept up a good performance in this last movie. Most of the supporting actors, however, fade before they have any real impact. Also, landing a great performance as the evil President Snow is Donald Sutherland. All in all, “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” is a satisfying end to the hunger of more sequels.