Posted: December 7, 2015 | Author: Donald | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Danny Strong, Donald Sutherland, Francis Lawrence, Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, Mockingjay, Peter Craig, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games | Leave a comment »
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At the end of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, I was left with one burning question: was Alma Coin, leader of the revolution, trying to bring freedom to the land, or was she only seeking power?
Well, I have now seen The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and I have my answer.
And no, I’m not going to tell you because it leads to one of the most satisfying climactic scenes in movies for a while.
Of course, I should start off by saying that there is no way I will admit that The Hunger Games is great filmmaking. It certainly has a myriad of faults.
At the same time, I have found this franchise to be more intellectually intriguing, even fascinating, than others like it. There has always been something about the stories that stayed with me, something buried (a bit too much, I believe, at times) at the core of it. For me, The Hunger Games has always been a complex study of how a revolution begins, builds and bursts forth upon the land combined with the crowd pleasing wrappings of a commercial aesthetic.
It’s certainly no Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. Yet, I find it more rewarding than Harry Potter if for no other reason than half the time I never quite new where the story was going when it came to Hogwarts and environs (especially in the last entry which, in spite of being split into two films, I’m not convinced it ultimately made a lot of sense). Read the rest of this entry »