Number 1000!!! – Friday, October 28th - Larry H. publishes his one thousandth movie review 1997-2022
  
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
Released:  November 20, 2015
This is the fourth installment of “The Hunger Games” movie franchise; there were only three books written by Suzanne Collins which were hugely successful. The third book – “Mockingjay” was too attractive as a money tree so the money boys cut the third book into Part 1 and Part 2.
Somebody understands the allure of The Hunger Games and how to market this golden goose because by my count the first three movies have grossed $1.169 billion. First movie - $408 million then $424 million and $337 million on movies 2 and 3. Now we have movie number four; can it break $500 million in a year?
Here’s a quote from my review of Part 1: “Let’s go back to the beginning and give credit to Suzanne Collins who wrote the highly successful three books that are affectionately known as The Hunger Games. The primary story revolves around the annually televised contest of teenagers fighting to the death for the entertainment of the privileged citizens of the Capitol….The Twelve Districts throughout the country of Panem must each supply a boy and girl for this sadly barbaric event. The residence of the districts are downtrodden and ‘fighting for crumbs’ while the folks who live in the opulent Capitol are mostly worried about their hair color and body tattoos.”
The 12 districts (the rebels) have had enough and are led by their triumphant hero the Mockingjay – Katniss Everdeen; proficiently played by Jennifer Lawrence. The Capitol of Panem wants to hold onto their power and control so they are equally willing to bomb and murder the rebels and especially Katniss.
The cruel, heartless President Snow is exquisitely portrayed by the 80 year-old Donald Sutherland. The 25 year-old Katniss/Jennifer Lawrence wants to shoot an arrow into President Snow and make him “see my eyes when I kill him.” That’s some serious revenge bubbling in her veins.
I’ve been a big fan of the novel and the previous three movies, but count me out on this one, Katniss. And I blame Lawrence; Francis Lawrence not Jennifer Lawrence. Director Francis Lawrence, apparently no relation to Jennifer, has directed movies 2 - 4. My favorite Hunger Game film was the first one and it was directed by Gary Ross.
The story development in Part 2 was agonizingly slow and in an apparent attempt to be frugal by beginning in the middle of book three, the plot and necessary background overly relied on the audience’s memory to appreciate and comprehend characters. That’s lazy, Mr. Lawrence, and not entertaining. The charm and commitment of District 12 were lost on this version of Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) and Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson). Such a waste!
Suzanne Collins should demand her money back; I know I wanted mine returned. This is a rip-off. Rock ‘n Roll.
Grade 69. Larry H. sugarlaw@larryharrison.com
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