Wednesday, November 18, 2015

An unusually intimate but brutal war portrayal – Swedish Dagbladet

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. Photo: Murray Close

Photo: Murray Close

” Mockingjay – Part 2 “ is consequently in large part a pure war story where the rebel group is working through a capital city peppered with nicely animated traps and dangers against both cool and brutal climax. The mass scenes of rushing soldiers who become commonplace in everything from “Lord of the Rings” to “Maleficent” we will not have, however. Lawrence and photographer Jo Willems works rather small scale and sounds effects accentuate the story rather than vice versa. The result is a film that feels unusually intimate and surprisingly unsentimental: despite the loaded triangle drama between Katniss, Gale and Peeta, despite the fact that several established figures underline with.

Jennifer Lawrence Katniss remains an exceptionally complex personality in a genre that rarely allows for shades.

The series has always lived high on his actors, and also, in particular, one was both fun to watch and probably a lot more fun to play on it, the ensemble work wonders with both the allergoriska ambitions and the sparse dialogue, not least with Jennifer Lawrence. Her Katniss remains an exceptionally complex personality in a genre that rarely allows for nuances, a figure at the same time scared, sad and energetic.

An achievement that on the other hand should have been a good-looking career brackets instead of the final role is Philip Seymour Hoffman’s contribution as Plutarch Heavensbee, whose demise is particularly poignant in a reworked scene towards the end where Hoffman’s presence was replaced by Woody Harrelsons character Haymitch who read a letter from Plutarch. Gloom is so evident that even the relatively sunny resolution is able to loosen it up.


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