Thursday, 13 December 2018

Hunger for Games to ‘catch fire’ again

READERS of the Hunger Games trilogy will know how the epic story of Katniss Everdeen and

READERS of the Hunger Games trilogy will know how the epic story of Katniss Everdeen and her quest for justice ends.

But as with the conclusion of any story, and one of this scale and grandeur, the tricky part is how all the loose ends are tied up — particularly when it’s adapted from the novel for the big screen.

Fans of Suzanne Collins’s books will be watching Francis Lawrence’s finale with a critical eye — particularly after the third instalment, Mockingjay Part 1, which faltered and was by far the weakest of the series.

That said, Lawrence did a sound job with the second film, and his first at the franchise’s helm, in Catching Fire.

Jennifer Lawrence makes her final outing as our heroine in Mockingjay — Part 2 and with the nation of Panem in a full-scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown.

Teamed with a group of her closest friends — including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) — Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13.

They risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow, who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her.

The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced during the course of the Hunger Games proper...

The popularity of the series spans audiences of all ages but the storyline has shifted somewhat from one of survival in the first two films — which centre on the games — to rebellion, and as the director it’s vital that Francis Lawrence keeps the audience engaged during this final chapter.

The franchise has grossed more than $2.2 billion at the global box office and having avoided the competition of the summer blockbuster season, it’s shaping up to be a good payday for all involved.

The film is now showing at Henley’s Regal Picturehouse.

Review: David White

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