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The final installment in the four part trilogy based on Suzanne Collins's novels and directed by Francis Lawrence comes off, as many conclusions to epic series based on books do, as too along with an bittersweet conclusion. Usually these movies end with another cliffhanger so it is hard to end it appropriately when the continuing drama was part of the pull. Also going into this series finale, a viewer knows it will have to end. I will drop a few spoilers but the books have been out for a while.
First off, kudos to the action, the special effects were great and the mutts (sewer zombies) were the source of one of the best scenes in the entire series. Several of the action sequences were captivating and it was too bad they didn't build off that momentum and insisted on continuously pause the action to bog down the story in political intrigue and the love triangle.
Jennifer Lawrence as the lead was excellent as always though I don't think this will be her best performance this year with Joy still to come out next month. She is a great lead and it is no wonder that she is one of the greatest actresses of our time, and should get paid equally if not more then her male coworkers.
The supporting cast was also pretty amazing. Most of the weight fell to Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and I wasn't too disappointed with his performance or (spoiler) that he was her final choice in the love triangle. I haven't read the books and wish I had remedied that before the final movie because I don't know if I ever will now. I thought Liam Hemsworth character Gale was also interesting and showed an interesting turn as the bloodlust of war and revenge came over him.
As the leaders of the opposing factions and (spoiler) the two villains. both Julianne Moore and Donald Sutherland brought a regal air to their roles. Julianna Moore is one of my favorite actresses ever. Woody Harrelson had a smaller part in this one but the character was one of my favorite in the series. It so suck that Phillip Seymour Hoffman is not here anymore because he is also one of my favorite actors and I think the ending suffered a little from his absence.
Overall I think this series was a success though there were some slow parts and the split of book three seemed like more of a money grab than a necessity for storytelling. I will eventually own this series and could see myself revisiting them some time in the future. I give it 7 out of 10.