The long-awaited day for millions of fans of the Hunger Games series has almost arrived. On November 20th, the final installment of Mockingjay, based on the widely successful book trilogy The Hunger Games, will be released in theaters. The film will pick up where Mockingjay: Part 1 left off, with Katniss and her crew of allies living in the highly secretive underground District 13, Panem in a full-scale rebellion, and Peeta still recovering from the brainwashing and torture he underwent as a prisoner of the Capitol.
But that is just the beginning. Viewers can look forward to the final showdown between Katniss and her mortal enemy President Snow and be prepared to sit on the edge of their seats as well-loved characters storm the Capitol to do their part in the rebellion. This film will focus more on the relationship between Katniss and her younger sister Prim, as well as the ongoing love triangle between our favorite heroine, her best friend and hunting partner Gale, and her Games partner Peeta. The music is sure to be perfectly composed (as always), and the special effects are said to take advantage of the latest advancements in CGI (computer-generated imaging).
Francis Lawrence returned to direct Mockingjay: Part 2, and the movie will feature iconic stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland in their original roles. Two trailers have already been released online and based on these five minutes of footage alone, Mockingjay: Part 2 will rival the three other movies in the series.
For the many fans who have anticipated the release of each book from author Suzanne Collins and then visited the theater at midnight every year to view the movies upon their release, November 20th will be the end of an era. Francis Lawrence seems determined to end with a bang, however, and I am excited to see the feedback the last movie receives. Stay tuned for a movie review once the film has been released . . . in the meantime, mark your calendar, order your tickets and get ready to decide for yourself if Mockingjay: Part 2 is worth all the hype!