First ‘Mockingjay — Part 1’ Trailer Has Lots of Action

The first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 has just been released (those other clips were just propaganda shorts for the Capitol) and packs plenty of punch. (Even Gale gets to do something!)

It will interesting to see if Part 1 or Part 2 contains more padding and movie-only material, seeing as the novel was so… elliptical about the war.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 opens Nov. 21.

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Katniss’ Back — Literally — on ‘Mockingjay’ Poster

katnissbackThe latest promotional poster for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 is a (genuine) tease: It only depicts the back of franchise heroine Katniss Everdeen!

Yes, Jennifer Lawrence is facing away from the camera. Her character is only identifiable by her trademark bow & arrows and braided hair (which is now pitch black, like her leather warrior ensemble).
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Katniss Kills… and Kills… and Kills….

Here’s a fun little video mashup that blends footage of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games with clips from dozens of other films (plus TV’s GAME OF THRONES and THE WALKING DEAD) to deliver a hilarious body count when “Katniss Everdeen Kills Everything”:

One can only hope that Katniss will get to use her bow and arrow just as much in the big-screen adaptation of Catching Fire, which opens Nov. 22.

Catching Fire Gets Tepid PG-13 Rating

catchingflameTo the surprise of absolutely no one, the MPAA has rated The Hunger Games: Catching Fire PG-13, ensuring that youngsters — and, more importantly, their allowances — will get the chance to pad box-office returns.

The official explanation for the rating is “for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation and language.” This list of moderate elements makes it sound like the board was bumping the film up from a tame PG rather than down from a rougher R.

Again, this is no surprise. Producer Nina Jacobson told Entertainment Weekly as early as last year, months before filming even began:

Suzanne [Collins] wrote these books for young people to be able to read them and discuss them and engage with them, and we would never make a version of the movies where they couldn’t participate in. They were the ones that started all of it and I think they deserve to have the movie be made for them to be able to see.”

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Catching Fire Trailer Adds Some Sizzle (But Not Enough)

While the new trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is better than the inane “cackling supervillains” clip released a while back, I’m still not as impressed as I want to be. The new trailer still concentrates on the dull victory tour/rumblings of revolution first half of the novel and leaves fans panting for snippets of the actual Quarter Quell. I know the meaty action of the film is being held back for future trailers, but it’s frustrating.

And no, I’m not just disappointed that Jena Malone’s axe-wielding Johanna Mason is only briefly glimpsed… okay, well maybe a little. But it’s not just that, okay?

On the plus side, I can envision an entire “Meet the Victors”-themed trailer that would give us beauty shots of all the participants in the 75th Hunger Games, not just Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). That could definitely work.