The official trailer for Mockingjay: Part 2 released today, and fans everywhere are excited (and perhaps a little sad) that the final part to this trilogy is just around the corner.
So far the movies have followed pretty closely to the source material, even if we do have to look for the references. For example, in the opening scenes of Mockingjay: Part 1, we saw Katniss holding the pearl that Peeta gave her on the beach in Catching Fire.
How Close Will Part 2 Follow the Books?
The trailer opens up and shows Annie and Finnick getting married, which is adorable, and even cuter than I imagined when reading the books. While watching it, we hear Katniss in the background telling President Coin about how President Snow must pay for the damage he's done.
There are also smaller scenes, such as Katniss and Prim dancing (presumably at the wedding), and Boggs telling Katniss that one way or another, the war will come to an end.
The most exhilarating part of the trailer is when we finally see and hear President Snow being his usual, villainous self, while saying that the game isn't over. We then see someone step on a trap in a street that releases some sort of black sludge, followed by Finnick saying the bone chilling line, "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 76th Hunger Games."
Black, oily matter sprouts like a geyser from the street, billowing between the buildings, creating an impenetrable wall of darkness. It seems to be neither liquid nor gas, mechanical nor natural. Surely it's lethal. - Chapter 20 of Mockingjay
So far, the things that we see in the trailer are spot on. However, I am concerned that some of the things we haven't seen, such as the violent acts, are going to be cut from this final part.
The Troubles of Violent Movies for Teen Audiences
The problem with young adult books being turned into movies is often that there's material cut out so that younger audiences are allowed to see the movie. Most of the time, The Hunger Games series has done well with this, and even if we didn't see what was happening to a tribute, we still knew by the audio cues heard off screen. When watching Part 1 in theaters, there were two things that I was curious about if it would make the final cut...
MILD SPOILERS AHEAD FROM PART 1
1.) Finnick's confession to what the Captiol had done, and used him for. This was shown, but was vague enough that he wasn't outright saying the acts that had been subjected to do. This was covered in Chapter 12 of Mockingjay:
"President Snow used to...sell me...my body, that is," Finnick begins in a flat, removed tone. "I wasn't the only one. If a victor is considered desirable, the president gives them as a reward or allows people to buy them for an exorbitant amount of money. If you refuse, he kills someone you love. So you do it."
2.) In Chapter 4, Katniss finds her prep team has been locked up and tortured. This was not shown in the film in any way, to the point of the prep team not even being in the film, and Effie replacing them for the majority. This entire reveal was quite brutal, and I didn't expect to see it at all. I was right to think that.
But what worries me is this: If the aftermath of Katniss' prep team being tortured was too much to show on screen, how much are we going to see when everyone is back in the "games?" For those of you who are still reading this article, yet haven't read the books, I will not spoil who dies, but I will just say that this is the final part of a rebellion, and there will be many causalities. Even in the trailer, we saw explosions, the black sludge, and more. But how much from the book is going to make the transition? I guess we'll have to wait and see!