The highly successful film franchise of Lionsgate is about to come to an end in a few months’ time with the elaborately named, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. It is the second half of the final book of the trilogy written by Suzanne Collins which formed the foundation of this massive movie franchise that threw Jennifer Lawrence into the spotlight in a way no one could have imagined. For the fourth year running, we will return to be part of the battle between the Districts and the Capitol, triggered by a young girl who was only trying to protect her little sister. Small actions can cause big revolutions, this isn’t the idea behind the core story of the franchise alone, but also a learning we see from the movie franchise. The Hunger Games has been revolutionary in Hollywood, in more ways than one, following on the path of other big YA movie series like Twilight and Harry Potter, and making the studios seek desperately for another Jennifer Lawrence and another YA franchise (the Insurgent series has been the one that has made the best effort, but it has achieved nowhere close to the success seen by The Hunger Games).
The first film of the franchise, 2012’s The Hunger Games, began with a fairly modest budget of $78 million which it surpassed almost twice over on its opening weekend itself in North America. The next two films have been phenomenal at the box-office as well, as this graph will tell you.
The lower global earnings of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 as compared to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is not necessarily an indication of a loss in interest. The former was always known to be the first of a two-part finale, and so understandably some folks weren’t interested. That should change with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, which is quite likely to become the biggest grosser of the series in the same way as the final movies of the Twilight and Harry Potter series.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 has been directed once more by Francis Lawrence who has now worked on the last three movies of the franchise. Just like the previous one, expect this to have a dark tone as the final attempt to end the reign of the Capitol begins, but I expect more action sequences to make this one more entertaining and hopefully, lead to a quicker pace of story-telling. Jennifer Lawrence would once again take centre stage comfortably, and you will have the familiar faces of Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Julian Moore, Woody Harrelson and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, amongst many more. Don’t forget Donald Sutherland who makes for quite a deadly foe as President Snow.
The first trailer of the film is intense, and does not shirk away from the dread and darkness which the all-out revolution would cause. It hints at some heavy action scenes, lot of drama, and surely a bit of tragedy. Enjoy the trailer here!
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is scheduled to release in the USA on November 20, 2015.