A lot of Hunger Games fans are dreading, or at least seriously worrying about, the two-part adaptation of the final book in Suzanne Collins' trilogy: Mockingjay. They're worried not just because Lionsgate chose to go the route of Harry Potter and Twilight and divide -- perhaps unnecessarily -- the last book into two films, but because Mockingjay is a book that many of Collins' readers saw as a letdown (And they're wrong, because it's actually the best of the trilogy - Ed.). For some viewers, Mockingjay could be serve up the same disappointment onscreen that it did on the page. For others, two films just feels like meangingless stretching of story for profit.
But then you see trailers like this, and all those worries just melt away.
In Mockingjay Part 1, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has joined the District 13 rebellion led by President Coin (Julianne Moore) and Plutarch Heavensbee (the late Philip Seymour Hoffman), where she'll fight alongside her friends Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) to take down the Capitol and its tyrannical leader, President Snow (Donald Sutherland). But as this trailer shows, Katniss might not be up to the task of serving as the powerful symbol of rebellion that District 13 needs her to be. Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), her friend and partner who survived two Hunger Games alongside her (often thanks to her efforts to save his life), is in Capitol custody, and fighting in two Games has left her an emotional wreck. Snow is prepared to wipe Katniss and her friends off the Earth, but as the battle lines are drawn, and as Katniss realizes what's at stake, she grows more willing to face the Capitol.
Check out the trailer below, and be prepared for a haunting final line.
If the movie can deliver this much action and emotionally harrowing drama for its entire runtime, we're absolutely in, and given that Mockingjay Part 1 is under the direction of Francis Lawrence -- who dramatically improved the franchise with Catching Fire -- we're betting it can.
Mockingjay Part 1 opens on Nov. 21 and is a strong candidate for highest-grossing film of 2014.
(Via The Mary Sue)