Wednesday was a very emotional day for Hunger Games fans. First we went through the turmoil of being very clearly played with in the game to #UnlockMockingjay and all we could do was joke tweet our way through it. Fortunately though, by the time 7pm ET neared the unlocking % was going up so much quicker than it had the past few hours and then….
THE CLIP. A ONE MINUTE CLIP. LONGER THAN THE TEASER TRAILER IF YOU TAKE OUT THE GREEN BAND TIME.
This clip actually got us much more emotionally engaged than the teaser trailer. Probably because it totally is more engaging. And very devastating as we walk with Katniss through her destroyed district.
But first, it starts similarly from the teaser, with voiceovers from Plutarch and Coin as Boggs leads Katniss to a hovercraft. It looks like there’s a cut because Gale seems to magically appear behind her when she’s getting on the hovercraft and then Boggs stays behind.
Then the hovercraft flies through a very green forest back to District 12.
Like Katniss, WE WERE NOT PREPARED FOR THIS.
Plutarch was right, the impact of seeing what the Capitol did to District 12 is so very powerful.
As Katniss walks through the district, there are visual cues to remind of us of the places we know from Catching Fire. When placed side by side, the effect is appropriately horrific.
And THEN you notice the charred bodies. This may be PG-13, but thankfully, Francis Lawrence doesn’t seem to be sanitizing anything he doesn’t have to.
By the time Katniss gets to her house in the Victor’s Village, it’s a relief to see her donning the familiar leather jacket and game bag. The shot of her picking up her father’s picture makes our heart hurt but also glad that she at least can take this back with her. She needs some comfort, some familiarity to get through this awful “walk.”
But all of that is again shattered when she finds the fresh white rose. We’ve seen that scene before, but her expression will always haunt us.
In all of these scenes, Jennifer Lawrence is just nailing it. Reminding us that we are lucky lucky fans to have her playing Katniss. Yes, we are.
I think we’ll buy those tickets on the 29th.