One of the most anticipated pieces of marketing to come out of this year’s (now-complete) Comic-Con was the much-hyped reveal of the latest teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which was initially rolled out to the in-attendance press on Friday. The teaser didn’t pop online until midnight last night, just managing to grab that last bit of Comic-Con excitement before everyone involved with the annual event just took a long nap.
Was it worth the wait? Well, pretty much. The dark, atmospheric trailer makes it clear that the games — those terrible, murderous games — are very much over and that “our leader” Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is entering a new era when it comes to both what’s expected of her and what she’s capable of doing. Also, explosions. Just a lot of explosions. It’s very much in line with the tone and spirit of its source material, though we’re still wincing over the en vogue decision to split the final book in the series into two films. Considering the way things unfold in the Suzanne Collins series, it’s still weird that anyone would favor splitting this novel, since its momentum just doesn’t seem fit for such a forced division. But anyway!
One thing that will likely stand out to fans who have not read the books? The total lack of appearance from Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta. If you’re familiar with what happens in “Mockingjay” the book, however, it will make perfect sense. We’ll say no more. Take a look.
It’s sort of got a reverse Dark Knight thing going on, right? All that “he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now” stuff, but flipped? Katniss is the hero that Panem needs, even if they might not all be very deserving of her. One thing is for sure, though, Katniss has not been broken by the Games, as Julianne Moore’s President Coin claims, and while she might look wounded and scared, she’s ready to fight.
Are you ready to see everything in Panem get blown pretty much sky high? Buckle up!
The film also stars Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Natalie Dormer, Stef Dawson, Evan Ross, Lily Rabe, Patina Miller, Wes Chatham, Elden Henson and Robert Knepper.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hits theaters on November 21.
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