The Hunger Games cinematic saga concludes this fall with Mockingjay – Part 2, picking up right where last year’s Mockingjay – Part 1 left off. Lionsgate has unveiled the first poster for the film; the one-sheet continues the franchise’s marketing trend, by showing Katniss Everdeen’s signature gold mockingjay figurine springing to (fiery) life. Here, of course, the mockingjay is (symbolically) fully free at last.
Similarly, the movie’s teaser (featured above) doesn’t include any actual footage, but shows the tiny gold symbol in motion, catching fire and taking off. This material is combined with audio in the form of dialogue from all four previous Hunger Games film installments. Said preview culminates with a fresh line spoken by Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), as she incites The Capitol’s citizens to take up arms and rebel against their government – and the totalitarian President Snow (Donald Sutherland).
Mockingjay – Part 2 will provide the payoff to last year’s slow-buildup in Mockingjay – Part 1, following the narrative pattern established by the other two-part blockbuster finales in recent years (the Harry Potter and Twilight movies, to be exact). Generally, “Part 2” installments tend to be better-received than their immediate predecessor; not only because they tend to be faster-paced and more plot/action-heavy by comparison, but also because they provide a proper conclusion to the over-arcing story threads for the entire series.
Case in point, Mockingjay – Part 2 follows Katniss and her comrades from District 13 on a dangerous mission: kill President Snow and then instill a new (and improved) governing body during the chaotic aftermath. That being said: depending on how you interpret the tagline on the teaser poster (“The Fire Will Burn Forever.”), it could be taken as a warning that not everything will turn out as happily-ever-after as you might hope (assuming you don’t already know the ending from reading the source novels, anyway).
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Danny Strong (Empire) and Peter Craig (The Town) penned the scripts for both of the Mockingjay films, based on the original book by Hunger Games creator Suzanne Collins. Similarly, Francis Lawrence called the shots on both movies, after having taken over as director on this franchise starting with Catching Fire (after Gary Ross helmed the first installment). Mockingjay – Part 2 ought to be consistent with the previous film in terms of its artistic craftsmanship, in other words.
The quality of acting won’t change between films either, what with Lawrence sharing the screen once more along with Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman (who will not be played by a digital stand-in as once rumored), among others. So, really, there’s little reason why Mockingjay – Part 2 cannot end the Hunger Games movie series on a strong note, following a fairly lukewarm reception for the penultimate chapter.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 opens in U.S. theaters on November 20th, 2015.