Nov 19, 2015

    Lawrence quells fans' hunger in messy finale



    Action adventure/136 minutes/Opens today

    Rating: 3/5

    YOU know it is the end when key characters start dropping like flies.

    For fans of the franchise, this movie is the payoff.

    It is the fireworks after the slow burn of Part 1. It is the final showdown between the heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), and President Snow. It is Team Gale versus Team Peeta.

    So many loose ends to tie up, so little time and for someone like me who hasn't read the books, it all adds up to a big meh.

    For all its promise, Part 2 starts off not with a bang but with a whimper, literally.

    And while Katniss grows in strength, the movie does not.

    Queen J is awesome, don't get me wrong and she is, I believe, the sole saving grace of the finale.

    But, like Katniss, she struggles with the content she is given and the role(s) she is made to play.

    Katniss is all things to all people - the reluctant heroine, the stoic sister, the selfless rebel, the tormented lover - and it is a testament to Lawrence's acting ability that she pulls it off.

    But the movie, in trying to tie all these strings together, veers from action to melodrama, explosions to exposition, which makes for disjointed viewing.

    Oh, and it doesn't help that my favourite character gets zombie-chomped midway through.

    What's up with those I Am Legend-looking mutts anyway?

    Most of Part 2 may miss the mark but at least Lawrence's arrow flies true.