The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 ★★★½

This whole franchise speaks to the power that images and symbols, in the form of media propaganda, have over rifles to induce fear, complacency, and hope. Often the film evokes images from works like Triumph of the Will and Apple’s “1984” advertisement to illustrate just the cultural power the fictional administration of Panem has. It is no coincidence that the phrase that this country is seemingly named after, “Panem et circenses“ translating to “bread and circuses”, is meant to critically suggest that cheap food and entertainment will pacify the masses from revolt. Sad that so many see this franchise as just that, cheap entertainment, when it is home to such biting criticism.