Review by Lynn resident Steve Duffy –
“Mockingjay” picks up where “Catching Fire” left off. The Games are finished and the battle begins. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) becomes the reluctant warrior and symbolic Mockingjay of District 12 after inspiring the nation during the first two games. This film is all about Jennifer Lawrence and the performance she gives.
In their quest for freedom, Katniss will receive help from her fellow patriots: a sober Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), bestie Gale (Liam Hemsworth), fellow tribute Finnick (Sam Calflin), and Beetee (Jeffrey Wright).
The beloved Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) is now a mouthpiece for the Capital and President Snow.
Elizabeth Banks is back as Effie Trinket. Although her character is void of glamour, she is still full of wit and campiness.
Donald Sutherland is at his best as the vile and tyrant President Snow who will do anything to stop Katniss from achieving victory of the Capital.
The newest addition to the cast is Julianne Moore, as President Alma Coin of Panem’s subterranean District 13. The late Philip Seymour Hoffman, in his final role, returns as ex-Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee.
Along with Moore, a few other new characters are added. Natalie Dormer plays Cressida, the director, and Elden Henson and Wes Chatham play the cameramen who are assigned to help Katniss create propaganda spots to be used to rally people to join the revolution.
“Mockingjay” definitely has a different look and feel from the more colorful and exciting first two films (readers of the trilogy will know this). The two part installment of the popular tween franchise moves into a grimmer and less action-packed story that will leave you feeling empty, but filled with anticipation for part 2.
PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images and thematic material
Run Time: 2 hr. 5 min.