Too much CGI for my liking. Suffering from the “getting too big for its boots” syndrome where reality is suspended and the lives of mortals are set aside for the sake of the set pieces and the world-spanning drama that ensues. In my most humble of opinions, such threats should be sandboxed elsewhere and not on Earth as it’s too familiar. Star Wars destroyed planets but kept the story human. Marvel is (or at least some studios producing their films are) drifting into one out of two.
Actors: Jennifer Lawrence
Better than Part 1, though both need to be seen to get the context. It felt a little like a return to the second movie by incorporating “the games” in the city, though didn’t really explain why the entire city was boobytrapped with game devices (multitudes of traps). Overall a respectable finish to the series, even if it felt like Act III was dragged out over 2 movies.
The previous instalment raised the bar on the games, but this aftermath and development of the rebellion – though relevant to the story – falls short of its target since Hollywood likes to split the last part of a trilogy into two, stretch them out a bit, and cash in. There were some topical themes here – media, propaganda, fear, war, etc – portrayed well. Should probably see both parts 1 and 2 together.
Some great dark visions in this entry into the canon. The action was solid and I was glad it was confined, either in private (mostly) or the major set-pieces in the far future. This kept the 70s segments more ‘real’ and fitting in with the Marvel universe and lack of awareness of the population at that time. Getting ready for Apocalypse …
Until Lawrence shows up, this could easily have fallen into a dreary drama, but she sparkles on screen, most of the time. The dynamic between her and Cooper is generally humorous, and Tucker and de Niro are characteristically themselves (ie of similar type to other comedies they are in). However, it never really strays out of “safe” territory despite the darker themes it contains and sometimes feels a bit lost.