It’s hard for an extremely successful franchise to close out strong. The same way many TV series finales end up disappointing their viewers, it’s a lot to ask for a 2-hour movie to tie up all the loose ends of an entire franchise. Few films have been able to do it, and while movies like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 managed to leave both book readers and movie goers satisfied, the same cannot be said for most. So following the lackluster reception that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 received too, it’s easy to say that the film’s follow-up, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, will have more than it’s fair share of expectations to meet.
However, the trailers and promotional material for the film have done a good job at teasing the film’s epic conclusion, without spoiling too much at the same time, which is something few blockbusters are able to do nowadays. While the “Mockingjay” novel ended up being the least-loved out of the entire trilogy, it legitimately seems like director Francis Lawrence and co. are doing their absolute best to deliver a cinematic finale based on a book that suffered from how un-cinematic it was at points.
The new banner for the film (via Lionsgate) does a good job yet again at establishing the film’s massive scope, as the central members of Katniss’ rebellion stand upon a fallen statue of President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Check out the full image below:
“With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.”
Despite the fact that I casually watched (and hardly paid attention to) the last installment of the series, I’m genuinely interested to see how Lawrence and screenwriters Danny Strong and Peter Craig have constructed this grand finale to one of the most popular film and book franchises of all time. As Katniss and her allies work their way through the traps set by President Snow and the Capitol, it’ll be interesting for book readers to see the changes that have been made to the novel’s sequence of events, and if the studio has managed to maintain the same kind of dark tone that the final book showcased.
Whether or not it will end up showing the same kind of longevity as the previously mentioned Harry Potter series will have to wait to be seen, but if one thing’s for sure – it looks like Mockingjay Part 2 is setting up for one hell of a fade to black.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is set to be released on November 20th.
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