“Ms. Everdeen, it’s the things we love most . . . that destroy us.” Those words are delivered by a sinister Donald Sutherland in the next installment of The Hunger Games. I will see anything with Jennifer Lawrence. You don’t need to hook me in with dramatic music, epic monologues, serious faces, or Katniss doing her best Hawkeye imitation (like seriously, an arrow can shoot down an aircraft? What is this? Rambo?). All you need to do is tell me, and the majority of humans, that Jennifer Lawrence is indeed Katniss Everdeen again. The fangirls who read the books, and my friend Gene, will see it regardless, and cry from the moment they see this trailer and every other time that someone tells them Katniss is the true Mockingjay, except my friend Gene. He’ll still see it, but without the crying.
But I’ll be real for a second. I have not loved the first two films. Wasn’t the second Hunger Games essentially the first Hunger Games? It was. And that bummed me out. I was hoping for more of a cataclysmic science fiction film when I entered the theater to see the second film, but left wondering why everyone had to do the same thing again (for the most part), up until the final scene where it ended and left me shaking my head.
Now we are at the point where we become involved with the happenings of the world, right? Not just Katniss? Because that is what I wanted when I saw the second one. I didn’t want the narrow looking glass through Katniss’ point of view. I wanted to see what was in those control rooms. I wanted to see what the heck was going on in the other districts. I get that it is part of the story, that Katniss is the driving protagonist, but that type of story doesn’t work here. There is more to tell. And I take offense with IMDb saying that this series is “science fiction.” It’s more teen-drama than science fiction. My idea of science fiction isn’t a girl struggling with her feelings, that’s all.
But before I end this, shout out to Natalie Dormer aka Margaery Tyrell. Damn, she fine.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay lands in theaters on November 21st, 2014.