Approximately a year after the release of its predecessor, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay â€“ Part 2" has been released in the US. Although the movie was released in the US on Friday, 20 November, it is yet to hit the screens in India, possibly due to the release of the James Bond film "Spectre".
Although it was among the most anticipated movies of 2015, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay â€“ Part 2" failed to have any real impact on critics. Jennifer Lawrence is pegged to be the best thing about "Mockingjay â€“ Part 2", which has got an average rating from almost everyone who saw it.
Seeing as Indians may have to wait a while for the release, we have compiled a bunch of reviews for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay â€“ Part 2", so you can make an educated decision about watching the film when it does reach India.
VOX (3.5 stars)
The two halves of Mockingjay don't allow Jennifer Lawrence to showcase as wide a range as she did in the first two Hunger Games films â€” again, Katniss is shell-shocked â€” but when she lets out some great, gasping sobs in Part 2, the result is an emotional catharsis the whole series has been building toward. There's also a moment early on where Katniss indicates a willingness to die, and the actress is riveting there as well. The franchise has made her a superstar, and she's always been more talented than it deserves.
Mockingjay, though, strays too far into darkness: With its political power struggles and prodigious body count, all rendered in a thousand shades of wintry greige, the movie feels less more like teen entertainment than a sort of Hunger Games of Thrones. The acting and production values are still well above grade, and Lawrence skillfully holds the centre, letting everything the skeletal dialogue doesn't say play across her face. Like the arrow-slinging, empire-saving Joan of Archery she's portraying, she understands the symbolic weight she's been asked to carry here. If only it didn't have to hang so heavy.
Washington Post (3.5 stars)
Most of the pleasure of "Mockingjay â€” Part 2" comes from watching Lawrence, not the story around her. Her aim is true, even if the narrative arc of the movie traces a long, wobbly path toward its eventual, and not exactly happy, resting place.
It's crucial to the conception of Katniss that most of the character's more emotionally plangent scenes have been with other women, including her family, friends and other Hunger Games combatants. Some of this can be chalked up to casting and, together with Ms Lawrence, Ms Malone, Natalie Dormer, Patina Miller and Michelle Forbes make one of the toughest groups of women to band together on screen since Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof", his ode to exploitation cinema and its chicks.