‘Mockingjay’ Part 2 conquers box office, a triumphant end for the Hunger Games series

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 at 10:17 PM
‘Mockingjay’ Part 2 conquers box office, a triumphant end for the Hunger Games series  by Brady Wesp
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) concentrates on her aim at a crucial time in the film alongside her camera woman Cressida (Natalie Dormer).

Jennifer Lawrence returns as the rebellion’s “Mockingjay” in the final film in the popular and successful “Hunger Games” franchise. The girl on fire is back in the fight and raring to battle the Capital and the rebels quickly approach their vicious endgame.

After a couple near death experiences and some major emotional turmoil, Katniss is tired of being the eye candy of the rebellion, shooting promos and making speeches far behind the fields of battle. In an effort to have Snow finally eliminated and the capital’s cruel dictatorship over the citizens of Panem ended, Katniss sneaks onto a medical supply hovercraft and flies over to the frontlines on the outskirts of the capital itself.

Following a surprising reunion with the squad she thought she left behind, they begin their incursion into the outskirts of the city. Block after block, they fight through an array of traps, specifically engineered to kill them, with everything from flamethrowers and machine gun nests to tar pits and mutant mutts.

The struggle for Peeta and the rebels to help him regain his sanity and memories after the brainwashing he suffered at the hands of the capital is felt each step along the way. His turmoil to piece fact from fiction from the own life he’s lived makes him sympathetic in one scene, but makes him hated in the next.

At steps along the way to the capital, Katniss plays a game of “real vs. not real” in order to help Peeta distinct between his actual memories and the ones that were falsified.

The action in the movie intensifies from scene to scene, making the air around you all the more palpable with anticipation of how the next part will shock and yet impress you with its delivery. Even for those who follow the books closely, the manner in which director Francis Lawrence executes the scenes written in the pages are played out so precisely and so beautifully it’s like visual poetry.

The cinematography is once again sublime, its visual FX adding great flair and authenticity to each part of the film. The biggest X-factor contributing to the film’s success is the on-screen chemistry of the protagonists and the whole cast as an ensemble. From the start, these ever-evolving characters brought audiences performances that outright made them say, “Whoa!”

Yet alas, the day has come when one of the most beloved and successful franchises of this generation has come to its end. Lionsgate Entertainment has officially wrapped up all post- production on what has probably been one of the biggest cash-cow franchises it has ever produced, and the money is still flowing in.

While not having the biggest opening premiere in the franchise, “Mockingjay Part 2” is still a major success at the box office and with critics
and fans alike. In accordance with Boxofficemojo. com, the four film adaptations of the popular book series have earned so far an astounding $2.308 billion dollars worldwide, with plenty more to 
be made with the final installment set to rake in millions more during its time in theaters across the world.

Jennifer Lawrence has given such a larger- than-life performance in each of these movies, it’s difficult not to acknowledge her prowess as
an actor. She has loved playing her role as the humble yet empowering Katniss Everdeen and has been quoting saying “it will be hard to leave it all behind.”

Nothing can prepare you for the end, in all things that is certain. All that you can do, and what you should do, is to look back at the story you and millions of others like you have fallen in love with. All the characters, the drama, the action, the twists and turns and all the friends who accompanied you to the theater to share in each fleeting moment as you witnessed the books play out on the silver screen.

Real or not real: Does the final film in the quadrilogy of Suzanne Collins’ fantastic books bring the action, intensity, drama and epic story to the full-circle conclusion it so rightfully deserves?

...Real. 

Brady Wesp is a Staff Writer for The Spectator. 

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