September 16, 2014

REBEL REMARKS:'s Staff Reactions To The Official 'Mockingjay Part 1' Trailer

Mockingjay Trailer Reaction
Hey Hunger Gamers! First of all, I would like to formally introduce to you's new amazing staff/news posters - Carlos Diaz, Regan Turner and Gina Omilon. They will be joining us in providing you the latest updates on The Hunger Games books and the Mockingjay Part 1 & Part 2 films in the next two years. Raven, our co-founder and I (Roward), founder/creator/editor-in-chief, ran for 3 years solely just by ourselves; so to tell you that we are excited to be working with these wonderful people to make even better would be an utter understatement. Just like you, they possess a burning passion for Suzanne Collins' trilogy and Lionsgate's movie franchise. We all hope to help make the last two years of the film franchise remarkably monumental to everyone who share our love for The Hunger Games.

Now that the wildly-anticipated trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 has finally been released (click HERE to watch), we here at have decided to initiate this new series of posts we call REBEL REMARKS, where we will be posting our own views and opinions on the recently released major marketting materials for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2. We also encourage you to have a voice and post your own reactions in the comments.

Without further ado, here's our reactions to the official Mockingjay Part 1 trailerWARNING: These commentaries contain MAJOR SPOILERS for non-book readers! Read at your own risk.


What I loved: The fact that I think I am still currently in the emotional state of being devoid of words and being utterly blown away by it all should be adequately indicative of the magnitude of how much I LOVED the trailer. First of all, I think it is very impressive that the trailer was able to efficiently show such a wide range of content regardless of its very short runtime of 1 minute of 47 seconds. Not to mention, the selection of what was on the trailer was also very commendable. From the ruins of District 12 as briefly seen while Katniss is in the hovercraft, the suffocating underground facilities of District 13, Peeta’s interviews with Caesar in The Capitol, and to Katniss’ hovercraft shoot-down in District 8, the trailer was able to truly convey the massive scope of the world of Panem as described in the books. I was also really happy to see almost all of our main characters that we’ve barely seen in the previous marketing materials for this film. Effie pinning Katniss’ mockingjay pin on her suit, Haymitch embracing Katniss and Katniss’ reaction to finding out that Peeta is alive (a minor story-telling deviation from the books, by the way), were probably my favorite parts. I think the musical score also does its job of excellently enhancing every scene in the trailer, giving us a very similar tone existent in the previous films. I never thought I would have this level of satisfaction from seeing a film adaptation trailer again after seeing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s theatrical trailer from Comic-Con last year. The official Mockingjay Part 1 trailer is nothing short of amazing. Thank you, Francis Lawrence.

Effie Mockingjay Trailer

What I din't like: Having described my love for the trailer so explicitly, there was virtually really anything that I didn't fancy. Not really something that I literally disliked, but I guess I could say the lack of Johanna Mason? However, since we've already seen Johanna in some of the propaganda videos and posters, I feel like my subtle fanatical rage about her not being in it was easily overshadowed by the ton of positive qualities of the trailer.

What I wished the trailer included: More Finnick screen time, Annie Cresta and wait for it…Johanna Mason. Finnick made such a grandeur entrance in the story in Catching Fire, posed as perhaps (which I think all of you would also agree) the most interesting, multi-dimensional character in The Hunger Games trilogy. His story, however, does not fully open up until Mockingjay where he plays the pivotal role of serving as the greatest literary device for portraying one of the most important themes in The Hunger Games trilogy – exploitation. Although there was a very short glimpse of him (in what I perceived to be the iconic Katniss-Finnick conversation scene the night of the District 13 bombing), I wish we could've seen more of Finnick. I was also really hoping that the trailer would finally show us our first look at Annie Cresta in Mockingjay. That cameo at the District 4 reaping in Catching Fire was just so enticing. Lastly, even though I knew all too well, from following Lionsgate’s way of promotion for this film franchise from the very start, that there’s no way a peek at Peeta and Johanna’s torture scene will be included in any promotional materials, I still had that small hope that the trailer would feature at least a short, heartbreaking implication of it (perhaps just screams of agony before the title lights up the screen and we hear Rue’s whistle, or would that be too harsh for all of us?). But nonetheless, I thought the trailer was breathtakingly phenomenal. Is it November 21 yet?


What I loved: Ah where to begin? After the obscenely long wait, the trailer did an incredible job of showing us fans (who have been desperate for anything new from this movie for the past few months) what we wanted while not giving too much away at the same time. It perfectly captured what the first half of Mockingjay was about, which was rescuing Peeta. They were able to establish Katniss’ reluctance about accepting all the responsibilities of being the Mockingjay because as she said, “I never wanted any of this…I just wanted to save my sister and keep Peeta alive.” The look and feel of the movie really aid in showing how the scope of the world of Panem broadens as well and how the stakes are even higher than before.

Katniss Mockingjay Trailer

What I didn't like: Not enough Finnick Odair. In the book, Katniss and Finnick’s friendship really blossomed due to the same traumatic experiences that they shared. Finnick was able to relate to what Katniss was going through more than anyone in Thirteen, even Gale. I was really hoping for a glimpse at that development instead of the two second shot of we got of Finnick, but I’ll take that over nothing.

What I wished the trailer included: Apart from the lack of Finnick Odair in the trailer, I could've used a look at Annie and Johanna as well, but that’s just me being a greedy fan at this point. I also wanted to see certain “events” involving Peeta in the Capitol, although I understand why they didn't include that in the trailer for the sake of suspense.

Overall the trailer truly alleviated all my agitation about the lackluster marketing for Mockingjay Part 1 before this point and satisfied all of my fangirl needs for now. November 21st can’t come fast enough!


What I loved: When I first watched the trailer, I was speechless. It took me awhile to process the whole scope of it and once I realized what was going on, I was so jubilant. All the set designs are just as how I've imagined it from the book. From everyone's acting to the special effects and even the background music, it all looked and felt so powerful. Can we just all appreciate the fact that we had so many characters present in this trailer!? I can't wait until November 21st!

Katniss Mockingjay Trailer

What I didn't like: Honestly, there's not a lot that I didn't like in the trailer. Based on what we have already, it seems to me that this movie will be just amazing! If there's one thing to pick at, it's the fact that I imagined D13 to be more gray and clean. Through various scenes in the trailer, you can see that it's not all super organized and bland like it was described in the book.

What I wished the trailer included: Even though we pretty much got all the characters we wanted to see in this trailer, I really wished Johanna was in it, even if it was just for a split-second. More Finnick would have also been nice too, since he does become more included in Mockingjay. Other than that, the theatrical trailer was very satisfying!


What I loved: Hunger Game fans everywhere, what could I not love? First and foremost, I love that they showed a glimpse of almost every character. Johanna was the main one missed but other than her, we’ve seen a glimpse of pretty much everyone. I also love that we saw Haymitch and Katniss’ hug. Haymitch really becomes one of my favorite characters in this last installment because of how much his character evolves. This trailer already begins to show us his progression. Lastly, since I am a strong #TeamGale girl, I love that Gale and Katniss are back fighting together.

Katniss Gale Mockingjay Trailer

What I didn't like: I don’t think I would necessarily change anything as I really liked the vibe, the spots they highlighted and the soundtrack to go with it. If anything, I think there may have been too many glimpses of combat in this preview. Depending on where they’re cutting the final book to make the two movies, there really isn't a lot of fighting with The Capitol in the first half of Mockingjay. I’m interested to see how they've cut the two films in half and whether those combats scenes we've previewed will be the only combat scenes in the film. And if they are, I’m even more excited for the final combat showdown in Mockingjay Part 2.

What I wished the trailer included: They showed just the right amount of President Snow and his antics. I would have liked to see more of District 13 and how they were preparing for this rather than just Katniss’ view. I’m glad we saw larger glimpses of Gale and Haymitch but would have loved even more, as well as more of Effie, Plutarch, President Coin and Finnick.


What I loved: Personally this trailer was everything I could have hoped for, and MORE! After months of begging, we finally see our "Girl on Fire" emerge from the ashes and rubble of the 75th Hunger Games and into District 13. A system built on precise planning and schedules; ruled by President Alma Coin (played by the talented Julianne Moore). I was delighted being able to see more of Katniss and watch her handle difficult situations such as a war battle, negotiations with Coin, being the Mockingjay, and most prominently talking to the infamous President Snow! In the novel written by our beloved Suzanne Collins, Katniss has little to no communication with Snow. Only addressing him through Propos and seeing Peeta slowly crumble to the destruction of the Capitol. But this time, Katniss will have full communication to him in the Capitol. This just gives us more reason to love Francis Lawrence.

Finnick Mockingjay Trailer

What I didn't like: Usually with these trailers you will find one or two things that you disliked or you find as annoyances. But this time I can truly say that I loved everything [the trailer] showed! My only complaint is that I was a little upset not to see more Finnick, who this time plays a vital role for Katniss. For he is someone (like Peeta) that Katniss can talk to, and who understands what she has gone through, whereas Gale is left behind to dwell on memories with her from a home that does not exist anymore. Other than that, it was a flawless trailer! Cannot wait to see more scenes from the movie, but until then we can just watch this trailer over, and over, and over again!

What I wished the trailer included: More Finnick!


How about you Hunger Games fans? What did you love, didn't like and wished was in the trailer? Let us know in the comments below!

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