The ‘Hunger Games’ franchise is coming to one epic conclusion with ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2.’ What do critics think of Jennifer Lawrence’s final film as Katniss? Find out now!
Jennifer Lawrence, 24, shoots her final bow and arrow as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2. It’s the franchise’s darkest film yet — does it prove to be the best among the rest? The critics are weighing in!
Jennifer Lawrence shoots her last arrow and brings a snoozing film franchise back to life…Lawrence is the kind of star you’d follow anywhere, which makes her the perfect Katniss. Even when the Hunger Games series gets winded pimping old tricks, Lawrence is the oxygen that brings it back to life. Katniss seizes her role as the Mockingjay, the symbol of hope for the movement to end Snow’s reign of terror.
The final film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’s dystopian Hunger Games YA novels, Mockingjay — Part 2, is a potent antiwar saga: bleak, savage, and very modern in the depiction of an unholy union between political manipulation and showbiz.
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. 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. Like the arrow-slinging, empire-saving Joan of Archery she’s portraying, she understands the symbolic weight she’s been asked to carry here. If only it didn’t have to hang so heavy.
What started as a game culminates in deadly serious terms with a full-scale overthrow of the system itself in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, which counters the meager helpings offered by most teen-driven entertainment with one of the heartiest character arcs ever afforded a young female protagonist… Jennifer Lawrence isn’t the same actress, having grown from the hardy yet resourceful child of “Winter’s Bone” to the assertive adult seen in “American Hustle.” That evolution serves her character well, and Lawrence (the director) engineers the film to replicate the effect of Collins’ first-person narration. We experience much of “Mockingjay” from a relatively subjective point of view, either seeing things over her shoulder or processing how the resulting emotions register on her face, which the actress controls with a subtlety befitting the widescreen pic’s Imax proportions.
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— Avery Thompson