REVIEW: Hunger Games leaves critic starving for more
I CAN remember walking out of the cinemas of the very first Hunger Games and feeling confronted and overcome by a flood of emotions.
Children from different districts, pitted against each other, in a kill or be killed scenario.
The Hunger Games had me hooked.
Four movies later, and those feelings have unfortunately faded over time.
Those feelings of angst, frustration, apathy and rage simmered to a contest for attention between the big screen and my iPhone screen to answer my husband's text on dinner suggestions.
A somewhat numb and messed up Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), while recovering from strangle wounds from Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) makes plans to storm the Capitol with her army of fellow rebels and end President Snow's evil reign. But the quest isn't without its challenges, with the Capitol riddled with fatal traps, bombs, and a hate-filled and brainwashed Peeta, deemed untrustworthy. Seems like a pretty intense storyline right? Well…
I can't help but feel disappointed with how everything was played out.
Admittedly I was never a fan of the love story - and though many may disapprove, I do, in fact, believe Twilight WAS a better love story.
Friend zoned from beginning to end, Gale was more of a brotherly love from another mother.
While Peeter and Katniss' relationship came across more as the Revolutionary PR exercise turn default partner - perhaps the book explained it better?
I had myself asking questions throughout the entirety of the film.
Seeking refuge in a former fashionista's home (Tigris), Katniss' team devise a plan to penetrate the walls to Snow's mansion by blending in with the other district members.
Their efforts in the movie are dismal, using a hooded cape to hide their faces.
I couldn't help but feel that perhaps Tigris could have made a little more effort to disguise two of the most 'notorious' and highly wanted individuals of the rebellion with some make up or head pieces?
At what stage did everyone sit comfortably with the idea that a hooded cape would suffice through the check point?
I was infuriated - what a highly sloppy move on the Mockingjay's behalf, seriously.
SPOILER ALERT AHEAD: Aaand what about Prim?
For those who are familiar with what happens here, I don't believe the BOOM was quite as convincing as her untimely end as what it may have been perceived in the books.I sat in my chair asking myself where she had suddenly come from. Why she was so close to the frontline as a medic when the rebels had only just started to invade? Was she really dead? After all there was no body accounted for after the dust settled.
But that's OK because thanks to President Snow clarifying it in the following scene my confusion was laid to rest.
I can't help but think integral parts of this story have been missed and characters under developed. It wasn't until Prim's cat meowed at Katniss upon her arrival to District 12, after the war had ended, that I finally felt human again - not Prim's death, not the death of innocent lives, not the relief of the war ending… Prim's mangy cat!
Mind you it was mildly satisfying to see an ugly, over-salivating cry come from Katniss after all that she had endured.
In her future life with Peeta, while it's comforting to see life moving on and the birth of their family, but again I couldn't help but notice that the baby Katniss nursed in her arms looked of a different nationality ( it wasn't just me who noticed this).
And finally the ultimate predictable twist of President Alma Coin receiving the Mockingjay's arrow to the heart.
As if she wasn't going to be killed off in the end - the woman was dead against a democratic vote after the revolution which was noted in the third movie. If was obvious Snow would meet his fate by the hands of the people he ruled with an iron fist.
I can't help but be disappointed for not feeling relieved and victorious after all the pain and suffering that the Districts of Panem have been through.. I wish I did.
Perhaps the book was better in unveiling this.
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harelson, Donald Sutherland, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks.
Reviewer: Tamara MacKenzie
Verdict: 2 ½ over-salivating Katniss cries.