11/19/2015 12:24:31 PM
By Sean Patrick
After the disappointment of Catching Fire and the dreariness of Mockingjay Part 1, I wasn't feeling excited about the final film in The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 2. That lowered bar of expectations is likely a part of why I like Mockingjay Part 2 as much as I do. I expected this fizzling film series to go out with the same whiny whimper that emanated from the limp Mockingjay 1. What I saw, however, was a furiously alive and thoughtful action epic that deals in weighty metaphors alongside straight laced drama and some pretty spectacular action and suspense. After nearly dying at the hands of her beloved, now brainwashed, Peeta, Katniss Everdeen makes the fierce and fiery determination that President Snow must die and she must be the one to kill him. First however, she must escape the clutches of her friends and allies in the resistance who, though seemingly on her side, do not share her unyielding defense of all human lives, friend or foe. Katniss refuses to kill merely because she is a soldier, for her all killing is personal and not about strategy or victory. It's a powerful and timely message, especially since the tactics of President Snow in Mockingjay Part 2 mirror those of ISIS Militants who surround themselves with innocent civilians in an attempt to keep from being bombed into oblivion. Snow and the denizens of the Capitol began the series as ragingly obvious stand ins for the 1%, those wealthy fat cats who run the world on the suffering of those who have less. In Mockingjay Part 2 the world is decidely more gray in its take on morality. Both rich and poor are humanized by war with death as the the great equalizer of all. It's heady stuff for a popcorn, YA blockbuster but Mockingjay Part 2 pulls it off while managing to also be thrilling and suspenseful.