Fan of the Hunger Games franchise? If so, I hope you didn’t miss the news that a new Mockingjay Part 2 poster has been released! Now, for those of you who have not seen it yet, there’s not a lot to it – but it’s still pretty awesome. Check it out below.
Every movie that makes a big splash at the box office gets one, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 is no exception. You knew it was coming, and now the penultimate chapter in the multi-billion dollar franchise has received the Honest Trailer treatment. Check it out below.
Ha, you thought that when the last movie, based on the last half of the last book, comes out, that would be the end for The Hunger Games, but you might be wrong. The first three movies have pulled in billions of dollars (billions with a b and an s), so you know that Lionsgate is sad to have to say goodbye to the lucrative franchise and are looking into every possible way to squeeze a few more dollars out of Suzanne Collins’ creation. And in the future that could very well come in the form of prequels and sequels.
There isn’t much in the way of detail, and this isn’t a concrete thing, just one avenue that the studio is exploring, but according to Deadline, Lionsgate CEO John Feltheimer said they are “actively looking at some development and thinking about prequel and sequel possibilities” in order to expand the franchise.
There’s no doubt that 2015 is going to be an epic year for movies. You’ve got Marvel continuing its unprecedented winning streak with a second Avengers movie (not to mention the troubled but still intriguing Ant-Man). You’ve got a new Jurassic Park movie starring the walking slice of awesome known as Chris Pratt. You’ve got the final installment of the ridiculously successful Hunger Games saga. Oh, and there’s that under-the-radar flick known as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Which will reign supreme in 2015? We’ll have to wait and see, but thanks to a new poll, we do have some insight into which films moviegoers are most excited about.
Fandango has released the results of its annual survey of the most anticipated films of the upcoming year. And while the Internet will be arguing who would win in a fight between the Avengers and Darth Vader until the inevitable heat death of the universe, we at least know who came out on top in this particular instance: Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the most anticipated movie of 2015, at least according to the Fandango poll.
As of last night, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 is taking over movie theaters worldwide. The film earned $17 million dollars on its debut evening, which is down from the last chapter, Catching Fire, but still the biggest first night of the year so far. (To put it in perspective, the previous best for 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy, took in $11.2 million its first night.) There is one place where the film isn’t taking over, however, Thailand, as some movie theaters are refusing to show it.
A while back, we wrote about how Thai protesters had adopted the three-fingered salute from The Hunger Games as a form of resistance against government oppression. And that still appears to be going on. According to The Hollywood Reporter, five students were arrested Wednesday for flashing that sign at Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha, and in the wake of that, just hours afterwards in fact, Apex Group, a local theater chain, pulled the release.
There are parts of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 that are harrowing, moving, and action-packed. While that can be fun to watch, and there are some nice bits of spectacle level eye candy, including the destruction of a massive damn, the problem is that the film never becomes more than simply the first part in a larger saga. This makes sense, obviously, as the third book in Suzanne Collins’ dystopian young adult trilogy has been split into two movies, but in this case, the film is all build up and feels like it’s just killing time before getting to the meaty part of the story.
If it sounds like I didn’t enjoy Mockingjay, that’s not true, it’s an entertaining enough way to spend a couple of hours, and there is enough going on to keep you occupied. This simply feels more like a chapter than a complete work. Again, that’s because it is, but it also skips over a number of elements in short order, and cuts off just when you’re most engaged and invested.