DVD: Hunger games: Mockingjay Part 2
So, "The hunger games: Mockingjay Part 2" has come and gone – on the big screen at least.
Now on DVD, this is one of those situations that have taken movie experiences to a different level. However, it's one thing to watch it and think "that's what they did" and "this is how they did it".
The beauty of the flick's DVD is its 3-part bonus features showcase, as told by the cast members and the crew who did them.
Costume designer's Bart Mueller and Kurt Swanson take you through their medieval costumes and Japanese inspired breast plates that created that "ceremonial aspect to the costumes" on the Secrets of the Mockingjay armour bonus feature. And although the two agree that the Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) designed sketchbook this is the "glamourized version" of the project, they agree this is the actual version that they wanted to go with.
The interactive hunger games 'The exhibition', as experienced by fans, and broken down by some of the cast members. The hologram that made attendees feel they were part of the experience, seeing oneself on screen, and feel like you were part of the movie, with some saying ïts changed my life forever".
Also see what the frame grabs did for the flick on the "A photographic journey" bonus feature. Document the performance, and how those moments were kept for the flick.
Now that they have broken down what they did and what they did, it time to press play and see if this changes the experience. It surely did mine.
On the last edition, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and all involved break into Panem to take over the city and overthrow the President Snow (Donald Sutherland). We all always knew this wasn't going to be easy with most of their movements tracked by the big brother watched city.
The action is exciting, the explosions a creation of sorts and the Computer generated images just as marvellous. And then there is the fight for her heart between Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth). Making it worth our attention is that she herself is conflicted about who she wants to be with to the end.
This is a marvel to go through again, and an unusual movie experience worth being revisited. Review by Mandla Motau