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The last--maybe--of "The Hunger Games" entitled "Mockingjay Part 2" has arrived to tie up the loose ends of the 3 young adult book series turned into 4 films that made Jennifer Lawrence a star.
It is too long, running 2 hours and 17 minutes, too many and too dark with scenes taking place underground and low lit scenes even above ground.
The older adults are mainly given cameos to do such as Stanley Tucci who is on screen for about a minute while Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died a year and a half ago is inserted as if to say 'see what we can do', while Woody Harrelson comes and goes with one minutes scenes. Donald Sutherland fights for his power continuing his heartlessness and Elizabeth Banks does her scene stealing campy appearance. Julianne Moore--never thought I would say this--is colorless in a colorless written role. Jeffrey Wright comes and goes before you can even realize it his him.
Loose ends regarding kid sister Prim (Willow Shields), the 'is he or isn't he' brainwashed problem regarding Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and his competition with Gale (Liam Hemsworth) is played out while the squad team consisting of Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Natalie Dormer and Mahershala Ali lend support to the leads as do Paula Malcomson, Evan Ross, Wes Chatham, Eugenie Bondurant and Elden Henson.
The revelation of Jennifer Lawrence, as Katniss Everdeen, from the first film to this closing one shows the growth of an actress fitting into her body and being able to express her thoughts without saying a word is, if nothing else, the gift of "The Hunger Games" to the world of movies. She has shown her versatility in these movies along with "Silver Linings Playbook", "American Hustle" and she is the only one who could make me see "X-Man"! I am eagerly awaiting "Joy".
The direction by Francis Lawrence along with the screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong, along with adaptation by Suzanne Collins based on her trilogy, falters when it comes to the multiple endings as if they just didn't want the series to end. Here and there are a few twists that were expected and some that weren't--at least by me--which adds to a film's interest.
At some points the musical background is jarring while during the many generated computer special effects by Steve Cremin and WSalter Garcia the audience will be pulled out of the story.
"Mockingjay Part 2" will satisfy followers of the books, the movies and Jennifer Lawrence and I am definitely one of the latter!

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