I was not planning on doing a review of a teaser trailer, but then yesterday happened. Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 was the day of Unite. #Unite is the official hashtag of the teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. I watched the teaser and was left speechless. That’s when I knew I had to review this.
I’m just going to say it: I am a big fan of the Hunger Games. I’ve read all three books, have seen the last three movies, and I even dressed up as Katniss Everdeen for Halloween last year. There’s a whole story about that costume, but that’s a story for another day.
Now that I have outed myself as a Hunger Games fan, it’s time to review the teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.
The moment that sent chills down my spine was when Katniss and the District 13 rebels are walking down the Capitol trail where we have seen the tributes being presented in the first and second movie. During that sequence, we heard the voiceover, “Tonight we turn our weapons to the Capitol” and Katniss is seen lifting her bow and arrow. I said to myself, “This is it.” I’m a sucker for good background music and this trailer delivers on that front. The background music is epic and hammers in a sense of finality. I like the setting for Finnick and Annie’s wedding. For an underground resistance, it looks cleaner and well-lit than the book implied. It tells us the sophistication of District 13.
Jennifer Lawrence is as gorgeous as ever. Let’s face it: there’s nothing this woman can’t do. She owns the role of Katniss Everdeen. Period. I have tremendous respect for her, but I’ll go more into that in my Series Review of the Hunger Games Trilogy (yes, I will marathon the movies and give an overall analysis on the saga as a whole). That review is scheduled for the day after I see Part 2. I really appreciate the shot where she and Prim hug each other. I won’t spoil anything, but there is a significance to that scene (if you are an HG fan reading this, DO NOT SPOIL anything for those who haven’t read the books. Just don’t be that guy/gal).
My praise does have a limit, though. The black goo. The sequence where Katniss and company are running from black goo raining down on the city…for some reason, I can’t take that seriously. I guess because the Hunger Games has done a good job at not getting into genetic-talk and staying as grounded in the realities of war as it can (tracker-jackers and mutts aside), saying out loud “Katniss runs away from a flood of black goo” just feels weird.
Overall though this teaser gives us glimpses of what’s to come, it’s like an appetizer to the main dish, and a delicious appetizer at that.