It’s now less than two weeks away from the highly anticipated, third and penultimate instalment of the Hunger Games series with <i>Mockingjay Part 1 </i>being released on November 20th here in the UK. If you remember in the previous movie, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) were once again thrust in an arena, forced to fight to the death until one victor was left standing. All the while, rebellion brewed in the districts. In this episode of the saga, we see that the rebellion has turned into a full out war. Like last year I thought I would share my most anticipated scenes to see translated onto the big screen.
***WARNING. HERE BE SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the book and do not want to know what happens DO NOT read any further***
District 12 Destroyed
If you remember the last movie that ended on a gut-wrenching cliffhanger when Gale ominously tells Katniss “District 12 is gone”. In what I presume will be the opening scene of this movie, Katniss will actually get to see her home destroyed. This is sure to be an emotional scene as miserable and drab District 12 was, this was where Katniss had cultivated a system of survival for her family alongside Gale(Liam Hemsworth). It’ll also be interesting to see if the movie will show the District being bombed via flashbacks or perhaps it will be explained to us what happened in the devastating attack.
There’s been next to no rain to disturb the piles of ash left by the attack. They shift here and therein reaction to my footsteps. No breeze to scatter them. I keep my eyes on what I fremember as the road, because when I landed in the Meadow, I wasn’t careful and I walked right into a rock. Only it wasn’t a rock-it was someone’s skull
In contrast to the ruins of District 12, is District 13. This district hasn’t been mentioned too much in the movies so hopefully they’ll get around explaining just how District 13 was able to remain hidden saftely away from the Capitol for all these years. It’ll be interesting to see how this futuristic community which has thrived will be presented in contrast to the grimness of the other districts and the novelty of the Capitol. Not only that, but it’ll be interesting to see the introduction of one of the key characters, President Coin played by Julianne Moore who is sure to cause a storm in the events of the war.
[In District 13] there were more than enough clean, white living apartments, plenty of clothing and three meals a day.
Peeta as the Capitol’s Puppet
In the same way Katniss is the symbol of the Mockingjay for the rebel cause, Peeta is also being used as a puppet by the Capitol. By manipulating, torturing him through the use of “tracker-jacker” venom they alter his memories and psychology, using him as a mouthpiece to spout their dogma, the consequences of which are irreversible. And let’s face it, up until now, Peeta had been a fairly boring character, so it’ll be fun seeing Josh Hutcherson really use those acting skills he’s acquired over the years for a meatier role.
Peeta’s physical transformation shocks me. The healthy clear-eyed boy […] has lost at least fifteen pound and developed a nervous tremor in his hands. They’ve still got him groomed.
Katniss Agrees to be the Mockingjay
After seeing how Peeta has been manipulated and knowing he is even alive, Katniss finally agrees to actively become a rebel leader by becoming the Mockinjay symbol, with a few conditions. What’s so great about this scene is that up until this point, Katniss had been largely uninvolved with actively contributing to the war effort. Her conditions that she demands from President Coin also remind us how strong and influential Katniss can actually be.
My arms rise slightly-as if recalling the black-and-white wings Cinna gave me-then come to rest at my sides.
“I’m going to be the Mockingjay”
Katniss and Gale
In the last movie instalments, Gale took a back seat and Hemsworth barely even had any screen time. However, this is sure to change in this movie as Gale becomes integrated within the war effort and we see him interact more with Katniss. Whilst we’ve only had hints at their (complicated) romantic situation, this time, we will hopefully get more of a sense of where that relationship is heading and how they’ve had to redefine in light of their recent circumstances.
I reached forward and press my lips against his. We taste of heat, ashes and misery. It’s a surprising flavour for such a gentle kiss.
Whilst in the last instalment Finnick (Sam Claflin) was portrayed as a sex symbol yet also a great warrior, this time we see a completely different side. We’ll probably see Finnick dealing with the consequences of re-entering the arena and being not only physically unstable, but emotionally after hearing the love of his life, Annie Cresta has been taken hostage by the Capitol. What’s so great about Katniss’ relationship with Finnick is that she can finally find someone to confide in who has experienced exactly what she is going through. This then develops in a deep rooted friendship, something that Gale cannot even comprehend.
I had to forgive Finnick for his role in the conspiracy that landed me here. He, at least has some idea of what I’m going through. And it takes too much energy to stay angry with someone who cries so much.
Katniss and Gale fight in District 8
As she finally accepts her position as the face of the rebellion, Katniss also becomes more involved with the war and the action that is going on in the districts. This scene will be great as we finally see what it is truly like for other districts to fight. Not only that, but when a surprise attack occurs during Katniss’ visit to District 8, it forces her and Gale to use their hunting to skills to fend off the Capitol soldiers. As they fight together and are able to anticipate each other’s moves, we see how genuinely compatible they are for each other. This is sure to be a thrilling, action-packed scene.
This time it’s Gale who throws himself over me to provide one more layer of protection from the bombing.
“If We Burn, You Burn With Us”
Right after one of her battles with the Capitol, Katniss is so infuriated by what she has just witnessed, she screams at the camera’s delivering a passionate message to Snow. This act of defiance ends up being sparking propaganda videos that help win the war but also reminds us of Katniss’s power and how instrumental she is in sparking hope in the war against a corrupted system.
“Fire is catching!” I am shouting now, determined that he will not miss a word “And if we burn, you burn with us!”
Obviously, one of the moments I’m looking forward to seeing is how Mockingjay will end as the book has been split in half. But where exactly will it end and will it end on a cliff-hanger like its predecessor. Perhaps just after Peeta’s rescue? Or Finnick’s and Annie’s wedding? I guess, we’ll just have to wait and see…
So there are my top moments I’m looking forward to. There were SO many to choose from. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing Katniss and Haymitch interacting, Julianne Morre in action and of course the late Phillip-Seymore Hoffman in one of his final roles. What are you most looking forward to about Mockingjay when it comes to theatres?