27.3 C
Byron Shire
March 2, 2021

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Latest News

Ballina Shire Council meeting wrap-up

The last Ballina meeting was another bruising encounter for some councillors, though there were several unanimous decisions too.

Other News

Will the Lennox Park pavilion survive?

Ballina Shire Council will today debate the future of the Lennox Park pavilion/dressing shed, which is slated for removal as part of the Lennox Village Vision concept plan.

Tweed Council rejects Casuarina disability viewing platform

Issues of queue jumping, the allocation of Tweed Shire Council’s resources in both time and money, and responding to...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Belongil beach hut

L S Lambert, Byron Bay The illegal building on Belongil Beach (Letters, 12 February) is a permanent structure with no...

Bringing down the heat in our ‘hood

How well we survive the future depends on our vision for our towns and suburbs – and on how we bring that vision about.

Interview with Michael Balson, creator of Ocean to Sky

Local filmmaker helps tell the story of Edmund Hillary’s last adventure, in the film, Ocean to Sky

Review by John Campbell

You know that an epic is running out of steam when the director resorts to a cheap thrill that is as superfluous as it is irrelevant. Well into the last stage of Katniss Everdeen’s heroic opus (and anyone who seriously thinks that Hollywood has not taken to empowering women has either not seen many movies of late or is just not paying attention – I suspect the latter), her band of rebels are attacked in the subterranean tunnels of Panem by naked humanoid creatures with jaws of ferocious savagery.

It’s scary, for sure, and it provides an opportunity for the screenwriters to whittle down the number in Katniss’s team (you can nearly always tell which soldiers will be killed, can’t you), but other than that the sequence adds nothing to the story.

The series in general has been good if patchy, with none of the three sequels able to match the first episode’s balance of muscle and wit. Most notable, and dispiriting, is the darkness that has engulfed what is meant ostensibly to be a struggle for liberation by the downtrodden from their Orwellian rulers (Donald Sutherland is fantastic as Snow, the cruel President with no conscience). There are even moments when Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) herself seems bewildered, especially when the realisation that she is being cynically used as a PR tool by her own equally manipulative side leaves her with only revenge as a spur. It is, undeniably, horribly relevant.

Casting a grievous shadow over the movie, though, was the carnage in Paris a week earlier. The fighting depicted in Hunger Games and its ilk (which is to say, most mainstream action flicks), accompanied by big music and fabulous CGI, is not so entertaining in real life. I winced a couple of times and felt sick at heart to think that punters flock to watch enactments of carnage.

Surely violence, pretend or otherwise, begets violence? If for no other reason than out of respect for grieving humanity, the distributors – the industry – might have at least delayed the opening of their latest mega-death blockbuster. 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Storylines: Uluru Statement from the Heart

The 'Uluru Statement from the Heart' seeks constitutional reform to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have a say and be involved over matters that impact their lives.

‘Groundhog Day’ shifts Splendour to November

Splendour in the Grass 2021 organisers say that Groundhog Day jokes aside, the festival will be rescheduled for a late spring edition, from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 November.

Lennox Rise development clears another hurdle

The massive new residential development planned west of Epiq in Lennox Head continued its progress towards becoming reality at the last Ballina Shire Council meeting.

So you think you’d like to run for Council?

Residents considering running for Tweed Council can attend briefing sessions to find out about being a councillor ahead of local government elections.