Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is with the underground rebel movement and is being designed as its leader. Julianne Moore is the rebel president. Alma Coin (Donald Sutherland) is her foe, President Snow of Capitol. Both rebel and Capitol forces attack each other. Katniss invents the mockingjay song as the anthem of revolution. Her friend Peeta from Catching Fire has been brainwashed by the government and he is interviewed by impresario Stanley Tucci. The rebels cut off Capitol’s power and infiltrate it. Will they rescue Peeta?
The first book of Hunger Games has been split in two as the franchise takes its cue from the Harry Potter gravy train. Mockingjay appears to have jettisoned the futurism of the previous films, as decadent nabobs have scrapped the make up for the born again puritan look in boiler suits, and Katniss has settled for teen war chic as (rather approprietely with ironic intentions as to the power of film) she engages in a media image as well as an arms war. Our heroes stroll through the war rubble like world-redeeming rock stars, posing against disaster backdrops as if telling us this is what’s happening right now in some parts of the world. Jennifer Lawrence is a pretty good teen hero model. She has the charisma and the face for it, she is a sci-fi messiah as a feminist riposte to Paul in Dune. The film is going for contemporary relevance not just regarding the horrors of war but also enviromental disaster. Julianne Moore is icily effective as the iron-like president, as she and her team create a charismatic role for Katniss. This, for me, is a canny self acknowledgement of Mockingjay’s own merchandizing power as a franchise, as it fosters luvvie delusions about being spokespersons for the world. It appears to be distancing itself from the other teen franchises too, as it tries to be a thinking person’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Why Katniss would love someone as feeble as Peeta is a mystery since she is superior in every way. There is an inescapable aura of sadness in this film because of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death..