The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)
Despite all the naysayers out there: The last installment (for now) of the Hunger Games franchise is still very entertaining and way above any other screen adaptations young adult fiction has spawned in recent years — in terms of style, character development, and originality.
Needless to say, most of this has to do with cult heroine Katniss Everdeen (played so wonderfully by tough yet angelic Jennifer Lawrence), who will inspire young girls for many years to come. And who could think of a better contemporary icon of girl power? Katniss is strong-willed, passionate, deeply moral, though not infallible, and self-sacrificing only as long as it benefits her personal quest for justice and peace.
Now that the actual Hunger Games have been replaced by a series of devious traps, Mockingjay – Part 2 is most interesting when it contemplates the ethical dilemmas that arise in times of war, revolution, and democratization. And in between all of this heavy and surprisingly dark stuff, there is still room for Katniss’ complicated relationships with Peeta and that other guy (one of those boring Hemsworth brothers). But make no mistake: there is no sappy love story hidden behind the tough armor. As much as Katniss may be a political idealist, when it comes to matters of the heart, she is a calculating pragmatist. Even the corny ending cannot undo her characterization that was built so refreshingly over the course of this epic saga.