Well, I’m excited after watching this.
This entire trailer is incredibly unsettling. First of all, it’s not a traditional trailer, but an in-story broadcast to the people who live in Panem. In Mockingjay, now that the districts are rising up against the Capitol, the entire country is in a state of anarchy. As such, the broadcast serves two purposes to the people of Panem. For those in the Capitol, it’s propaganda trying to convince them of Panem’s unity and the districts’ love of the Capitol. And to the people in the districts, it’s a threat meant to remind them what happened the last time they had a civil war.
Unfortunately, like Harry Potter and Twilight before it, Mockingjay looks to be split up into two parts. I say unfortunately, because in some ways, this was my least favorite book in the series. Additionally, since this movie will be in two parts, I imagine it’s going to be the first movie in The Hunger Games to not actually feature a Hunger Game. The first half of the book takes place almost entirely in District 13, where Katniss, the other victors, and their allies strategize how to best go about the war they’ve found themselves in.
One thing that I truly did love about Mockingjay, however, is the portrayal of Katniss’s PTSD. I have a lot of friends at work who didn’t like this book because of how Katniss acted during the first half—she’s very withdrawn and has taken to hiding in closets—but I loved seeing the pressure and the events of the last two books finally catch up to her. I found both her response to the trauma she’d been through and her worry over Peeta’s safety to be very realistic. And I’m really looking forward to seeing how Jennifer Lawrence handles them.
Furthermore, though we briefly saw the other districts during the Victory Tour in Catching Fire, we only really start to see more of them in Mockingjay. Though I imagine the majority of the movie will take place in District 13, in the book Katniss does travel to the other districts in order to fight on the front lines. I find Districts 1 and 2 more interesting than the others in some ways, because despite being oppressed and victimized by the Capitol, neither of them really supports the rebel side. This is probably due to their wealth and the benefits the Capitol gives them over the other districts.
As of right now, this is the only trailer out for Mockingjay, but I’m certainly looking forward to seeing more.