The Hunger Games Franchise by Spencer Wade
For Katniss Everdeen, life has been a whirlwind of struggle, disaster, fear and triumph since she volunteered to replace her sister in The Hunger Games. Fans of the wildly popular series have been waiting eagerly for the newest installment in the film franchise, and the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is just around the corner. Of course, you can spend your time until its release rereading the books and binge watching the movies online or streaming through most TV plans.
As the first part of the two film finale that will depict the final book in the trilogy, there’s a lot of expectation resting on the shoulders of the cast and producers. Mockingjay was a novel that left fans shocked and many angry at the loss of some of their favorite characters. Creating a movie that will stay true to the novel will still leaving viewers satisfied is surely a challenge. However, judging upon the quality of the last two movies that left me breathless at times from its sheer magnitude and cinematographic brilliance, I’m sure that Mockingjay Part 1 won’t disappoint. I do, however, wonder just how much, if anything, will be changed to make the ending a bit more satisfying than I and the majority of fans found it to be in the novel.
If you’re reading this and somehow miraculously avoided absorbing any information on the phenomenon that is The Hunger Games over the past three years, here’s a quick summary: The movies are all based upon the bestselling trilogy by Suzanne Collins, and follow the life of a 16-year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen. It takes place far into the future, where our America has been obliterated and become a country known as Panem that is divided into 13 districts. Governed under the rule of the glamorous and ostentatious Capital, the youth of Panem are randomly selected each year to be pitted against one another in a fight to the death competition known as The Hunger Games. It’s a sadistic invention used by the Capitol to demonstrate their superiority, and to serve as a reminder to the tributes their fragility each and every year since they revolted in District 13, which was subsequently obliterated.
From the trailers that have already been released, it’s clear that Mockingjay Part 1 won’t hold back on any of the tension and action that fueled its predecessors. Being the second to last film, its essentially the movie’s job to bring everything to a breathtaking, nerve wracking peak that will leave us waiting with bated breath for the final installment.
Katniss, “the girl on fire”, returns in The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 on November 20, 2014.
Have you seen The Hunger Games movies? What did you think? Do they do the books justice?
Spencer Wade is a freelance entertainment, film, and pop culture blogger. He can almost always be found with his face in a book or glued to the T.V. He lives and works in Chicago where the winters only serve to encourage this type of behavior.
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