Saturday, November 21, 2015

Movie Review: ‘The Hunger Games’ - Jennifer Lawrence emerges victorious

By Joe Morgenstern
Jennifer Lawrence, left, Mahershala Ali, center, and Liam Hemsworth, right, in a scene from ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay--Part 2’ Photo: LIONSGATE
Somewhere in the middle of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2,” the sporadically stirring culmination of the series, I felt an unexpected pang of sympathy for the heroine, Katniss Everdeen. Instead of slow and thoughtful, however, the tone becomes hurtling and grim, and not so human, with long chases through sewers, rising tides of digital sludge and slippery, slithery lizard mutts that look for all the world like standard-brand zombies. Julianne Moore is seen once again to powerful effect, as the rebel president, Alma Coin. Resolution comes to the tortured relationship between Katniss and her friend from childhood Peeta Mellark, played by Josh Hutcherson. [link]