“We March Together” Mockingjay Part 2 Trailer – trailer thoughts

Ahh it’s finally here! When I saw the link to the video on Thursday I dropped everything I was doing and replayed this trailer five times. It looks so good you guys!

Nobody panic! The only spoilers in this post come from what we see in the Mockingjay Part 2 Trailer above.

  • First off: did I cry watching this? Yes I did.
  • Something that I love about The Hunger Games and how they market is is how focused they are on the plot and the action instead of the romance. At the end there, we saw half a second worth of a kissing shot but that was about it. And because of this, the trailers always look so epic. Just, wow.
  • The wedding scene that we also saw in the teaser trailer looks stunning. I wasn’t sure how they would do it because it’s a scene I didn’t visualise that well when I was reading the books but it looks gorgeous and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone just like they were in that scene in the trailer: happy, smiling(-ish) and dancing.
  • “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 76th Hunger Games.” – oh I missed Finnick. That line was also ON POINT.
  • As someone who has read the books and read Mockingjay specifically twice, this trailer was definitely a stab in heart for me. I know who is going to die, it’s in the back of my mind since I don’t like to think of the deaths coming up. BUT I can very easily imagine whoever put together that trailer saying “Hmm, I wonder how much pain I can inflict on the book lovers without actually spoiling anything.” Guess what? It worked. *forever crying*
  • I have no reason not to trust that this movie will be fantastic. All of the three movies have been incredible and from what we’re seeing here it’s going to be an epic finale.

Can we all just agree that this series of movies will have a fantastic last film? Can we please? Okay? Okay.

Let me know what you thought of the trailer! Were you expecting more, less or was it just perfect?

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Mockingjay: Part 1 – film review

Mockingjay || Part 1 || Film || 20th November 2014 || Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth || Directed by Francis Lawrence 

I don’t think many of us need an explanation as to what Mockingjay is about as I’m pretty sure it’s one of, if not the most anticipated movies of the year. But here’s a little summary anyway (from here):

Things are heating up in ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ as Katniss Everdeen gets swept up in the revolution against the Capitol.

Led by the maniacal President Snow, the autocratic Capitol is churning out political propaganda in an effort to quell the bubbling rebellion in the districts. Meanwhile, Katniss is holed up in the mysterious District 13, where she has become a symbol of the revolution.

As a whole, no matter what I’ve written down below, I think Mockingjay: Part 1 was a fantastic film if I could I would go to the cinema and watch it again. It was visually beautiful, the acting top notch and the score was incredible. I definitely recommend going to see it on the big screen. Continue reading

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – book review

Mockingjay || Suzanne Collins || 390 pages || Scholastic Press || 4.03 on Goodreads

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.

I would just like to say that I was re-reading this book for the film that is already out so as a whole, my experience with Mockingjay was different than to when I first read it a couple of years ago. I wanted to put this book down so many times but the only thing that really kept me going was the determination to finish it before the film. If Mockingjay Part 1 wasn’t already in cinemas, I wouldn’t have bothered.

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Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – Final Trailer “Burn”

So Mockingjay Part 1 is coming…

Grab your tickets! Re-read the books! Marathon the movies! Get excited cause there’s less than two weeks left and then we’ll all be off to see half the action of Suzanne Collins’ third and final book in The Hunger Games trilogy.

But before we get there, we have one last trailer for the film by the name “Burn”. If you’ve read the book you’ll instantly know what that’s a reference to and if you don’t (go read the book!) the line’s in the trailer for you. It’s only a short trailer (1 minute) which surprised me since final cut trailers are usually at least 2 minutes long. But no worries, it was still enough to reduce me to tears.

You can watch the trailer here.

So here’s what I thought:

  • Visually, it looks stunning – There’s a lot of amazing snippets of the hovercrafts, the damn breaking and just general wide shots that look really show off how amazing all the graphics and the action scenes are promised to be. The editing on them is very polished and although we’ve seen most of the footage in that trailer in other smaller previews, the way they pulled the clips together in this final trailer elevates it to another level really.
  • The music – the people who edited this trailer really weren’t holding back on the booms and intense scoring. The whole thing is saying: HERE I AM I AM EPIC GO WATCH ME  with just how the music was used. They’ve been smart with the places they’ve layered on the dialogue so it’s not just one minute of intensity strong enough to give you an anxiety attack. The music is really out there but it does suit it for a final trailer. A+ score choice.
  • The acting – I forget how much I love Jennifer Lawrence. And that’s bad because she’s so talented. That delivery was on point and even better than I imagined as I read the line from the book itself. The trailer really makes me excited to see her on the screen again (I haven’t seen Silver Lining’s Playbook or Serena yet whoops) and be THE Katniss again.
  • Not much of the plot explained – all we really get from, not just this one but other trailers too, is: there’s going to be some kind of revolution, there’ll be action scenes while Peeta is taken hostage, which, when you think about it, we could have gathered from the ending of Catching Fire. Therefore I would have liked a few more sentence of dialogue.
  • On a side note: there was an amazing amount of shots of a damn breaking during the trailer which looks amazing but bothers me because I really don’t remember anything to do with a damn or water for that matter. But I guess my memory could be playing up.  (I’ll re-read it before the film, promise.)

The countdown is on. What did you think? Leave a comment or tweet me @bookrambles :3