Great little article on EW about The Hunger Games, the MPAA, and our attitudes towards violence in books and violence on screen.
‘Mockingjay’ is full of just as much politics as it is heart-rending warfare, it’s just that instead of being forced into the Games by The Capitol, Katniss joins the Rebellion. It’s got a lot more rhetoric and thoughts on violence and war than the other two books, but it’s the finale to the series and Suzanne Collins is trying to make a point. War is hell. Yeah, not the most original point but something we always seem to need to be reminded of. War is hell and no one wins, they just survive.
It’s dark, yes. It’s bleak, yes. Some say she went too far with [all the spoilers] but you know what? Why sugar coat war? “Oh, it’s a book for young adults, why so much violence?” — um, who do you think is out there fighting your wars for you?
I wish they had not decided to split ‘Mockingjay’ into two films. It’s clearly just a grab for cash by the execs and has nothing to do with artistic choices. And it will hinder the pacing of the movies because they can’t be 100% faithful to the book without worrying about losing the “target demographic”. They need to make something as fast paced and compelling as ‘Catching Fire’ and, as much as I love this series, ‘Mockingjay’ is slow to start and depressing the WHOLE WAY THROUGH. So Part I will need to keep that pacing so that people will want to come back for Part II, which can go back to embracing the pain.
I’m not sure what to expect from ‘Mockingjay’ Part I and I know it’s kinda early to panic but ‘Catching Fire’ was just so good, I’m already fretting. I’m going to try to keep the faith that the writing team and directing team have a vision and a plan for where this is all going.