“Nothing can prepare you for the end,” as we have been warned by the most recent posters for the final installment of The Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay - Part 2. November 2015 will herald the much awaited conclusion of the Y.A franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, a young woman who has evolved from a brave and independent teenager to become the face of an entire rebellion.
The Hunger Games exists within a visually spectacular world. The visual appeal of the movies has had a major part in keeping fans enthralled with the events portrayed within this fantasy, dystopian future. The story is laden with symbolism and a beautiful new IMAX poster for Part 2 pays tribute to this, teasing details of the conclusion with hidden meanings.
The above Mockingjay - Part 2 clip shows how Katniss' image restricts her independence by those that wish to use her fame for political gain (whether good or evil). She will be expected to hold back from the battle, an order which will surely be ignored, once the battle gets fully underway in the fourth big screen adaptation of Hunger Games creator Suzanne Collins' source novels.
Although the franchise may continue in some form beyond The Hunger Games, Mockingjay - Part 2 is what fans have been waiting for. After Part 1 suffered criticism for unnecessary build up and story extension, fans will be expecting a big pay off for their patience, hoping that punches be packed in terms of action and emotional drama. This IMAX poster unveiled by Wired allows the film's ideology to speak for itself, reinforcing the marketing campaign with faithful propaganda imagery that could be media from within the movie's reality.
Unlike the more standard to franchise posters seen previously, this image is black and white, with Part 2's signature red, clear and effective. The blood tinged roses are a clear symbol for President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and his penchant for threats served with flowers. Katniss' bow eye is rose framed, hinting at the revenge it is hoped she will serve him. The quintessential Mockingjay breaks out from behind Capitol Peacekeepers to represent the revolution's theme. Throughout the films, Katniss has been used as a pawn by the political powers within her world, this has often been symbolized by her costumes and makeup. The red lips subtly signify this continued expectation of her role within District 13's agenda.
Mockingjay - Part 2 needs an injection of vitality to inflame our interest after the last offering. Katniss is a compelling character because of her somewhat reluctant heroism - attributes which are also those most threatened by her forced participation in the propaganda machine she becomes caught up in. This conflict needs to be resolved skilfully, handling both the battles and emotional elements in a way that feels authentic and satisfying by the last scene.
Will Katniss and the Districts finally gain freedom from totalitarian regime? Will this final chapter deliver the ending we are hoping for? We have been warned to prepare ourselves!
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 hits theaters on November 20th, 2015.