This year has been a bumpy road for sequels. “Terminator: Genisys” deserved to be terminated. “Insidious: Chapter 3” left me unshaken. And I almost fell asleep watching “Spectre”. So I had to lowering my expectation for the last chapter of The Hunger Games franchise; “The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay part 2”. And it worked. I found Mocking Jay part 2 entertaining and kept my attention.
First of all, every single actor in the film had an excellent performance. The Hollywood-sweetheart, Jennifer Lawrence, has an awesome understanding of Katniss Everdeen, knowing her inside and out. There was this one scene with Katniss and a cat that blown me away. In that scene all of her suffering and pain comes out. Josh Hutcherson has improved his acting as Peeta Mellark. All of the confusion and anger was written on his face and all of his scenes were painful to watch. And even the annoying Effie Trinket (played by Elizabet Banks) has become a lovable character. Not to mention Donald Sutherland as President Snow, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch, Julianne Moore as President Alma Coin, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch. Oh wait, do you notice that this movie has 3 Oscar-winning actors? Moore, Hoffman, and of course Lawrence.
Second of all, Mocking Jay part 2 is way more intense than part 1. I guess it’s the most intense and the most brutal one of the franchise. Just be careful with a scene in the dark sewer. I had my heart beat faster in that scene.
Third of all, I looooove the score. I’m a sucker of movie scoring. It builds emotions. Two thumbs up for its composer, the eight-times-oscar nominated, James Newton Howard. He previously made the scoring for Maleficent, The Bourne Legacy, and The Dark Knight.
But yes there are flaws. The pace was a little bit slow in the beginning and I expected more epic battle at the end of the movie.
* Photo courtesy of www.thehungergames.movie
* Written by : Aldo Turangan