"Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to the 76th Hunger Games."
The Hunger Games has finally reached it’s final installment of a franchise that gripped the international box office with four fingers and a thumb.
I’m not about to get all giddy over this one, The Hunger Games was great, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was good, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was propagandistic, and Part 2 looks to be suitably rabble rousing. Nothing spectacular but we all need closure right?
Mockingjay – Part 1 ended with a bang. Peeta locked up and Katniss in tears so it is disappointing that the producers opted to reveal a little too much regarding that storyline in this teaser. For those that haven’t read the books this reveal could well tarnish the lasting effect of Mockingjay‘s power but nevertheless they went for it and to be honest it isn’t a memorable moment to get concerned over.
Opening with one of those romantic wartime weddings we so often see within the trappings of depressing war analogies and rebellion rhetoric the trailer opens on a bright note with Finnick and Annie’s wedding. Sparked by this desire to see a good thing last Katniss declares her will to “make Snow pay for what he’s done.”
And we’re off. In comes the swelling orchestra, rebellion talk and montage shots. We’ve got close-ups, reaction shots, buddy buddy smiling, mixed in with propagandistic wartime clippings of destruction, sadness and marching masses set to the tone of one of Katniss’ trademark speeches.
Drawing us in with an air of closure and finality we’re under no illusions that this is the last fight, this is the last battle and everything is riding on the rebellion to cure the Districts of President Snow’s ruling hand. But Finnick’s closing statement suggests there is a little more to the teaser trailer than the producers care to let on. If you’ve read the final chapter of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy then you are aware of what’s to come but for the viewer who hasn’t read into Katniss’ final chapter then The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 promises to fulfil all expectations from its predecessors and build on a swelling of hype into a crescendo of completeness. Hopefully.