The 5 biggest ‘Mockingjay 2’ book to movie changes

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Box Office: ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ Looking at Franchise-Low $110M Debut.

Elsewhere in North America, Seth Rogen’s comedy ‘The Night Before’ is hoping for $11 million-$12 million, while ‘The Secret in Their Eyes’ is on course for $8 million despite an all-star cast that includes Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman.In the final installment in the Hunger Games film series, Katniss Everdeen fights for more than just her sister—she fights for the freedom of her country, Panem that is currently ruled by the totalitarian President Snow.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is doing sizeable business at the Friday box office, although it could see the lowest North American debut of any film in Lionsgate’s YA film franchise, starring Jennifer Lawrence as the invincible Katniss Everdeen. Released more than three years after the debut of the first film, Mockingjay — Part 2 features Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson together on the big screen for the last time.

The climax has been awaited far too long, mostly because Suzanne Collins’s three novels have been stretched across four films totaling more than nine hours. So just how much have the three leads and their costars changed since they first made their debuts as Katniss Everdeen, Gale Hawthorne, and Peeta Mellark, respectively?

Jennifer Lawrence has cemented her status as the archer par excellence whose face, three-finger salute and flaming mockingjay pin became the symbols of a revolution against the smiling but devious President Snow (Donald Sutherland). The first film’s Hunger Games, an annual reality-show event in which two dozen boys and girls from the dystopian country’s 12 districts participate and slowly get killed off until one survives, showed us the rise of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who took part in order to save her younger sister, Prim, from being forced to compete. She befriends Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), a fellow competitor who is a boy from the same district as her, and the two of them undermine the rules, causing President Snow to lose face. In terms of atmosphere, this final installment is spot-on, but dramatically it feels like we have run a marathon only to arrive at the finish line inside the arena and looking around to see no one in the stands.

Being a fan of the book, I can honestly say that the movies in the franchise all interpreted the books well, most especially Mockingjay Part 2, whose beautiful, realistic sets, great storytelling, and outstanding portrayal from the cast turned the book into a visual marvel. A year later, she had to return to the role for an additional scene that has a special place in her heart because she got to work with her two nephews. This is a deeply unsettling move on the part of the filmmakers but is sadly representative of the many missing sections in a film that otherwise actually has very little plot. At its core, the narrative comprises only the penetration of the Capitol, the upper-class zone with its style-conscious inhabitants who look down upon the riff-raff, namely those who make up the districts.

She said it’s “such a huge movie that does so much for so many people.” She had just finished shooting the first Hunger Games movie when she auditioned for director David O. Wisps of the characters’ personalities are taken and expanded all throughout the movie and not just on the script but also in their actions as well as in the scenes and the sets.

This is followed by a surprise public spectacle and the requisite “happy ever after” epilogue that is all too reminiscent of the never-ending final moments of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Catching Fire helmer Francis Lawrence returns to direct, and the film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

By blending political concepts such as dictatorship and siege, and putting them together with strong female and male characters, Generation Y learns about societal issues from the film without even realizing that they are learning. Some box-office observers are questioning whether it was wise to break the final book into two movies, both of which have received lukewarm reviews compared to the first two installments (audiences liked Mockingjay 2 better than critics, giving it an A- CinemaScore). It goes without saying that all the major players survive until the very end, making the film (even for those who have not read the novels) a tad too predictable.

And yet, I find that a part of me is rejoicing at how the movie has made an impact on my generation and how it has contributed to the rise in popularity of young adult books and films. But the battle with these creatures is drawn-out and made silly by an overbearing score, causing the viewer to switch off, particularly because we know (ignoring any glimmer of realism) that almost everyone is likely to survive. After Sony Pictures was hacked, it was revealed that Lawrence made less than what Cooper made for starring in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Lawrence wrote an essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter — an online site for discussing politics, style, feminism, etc. — that revealed how angry the actress was at herself for allowing such an imbalance of pay to happen. “It was about how did I get in my own way and not fight just as hard as the men to get a better deal. In one scene, the team escapes from one side of the building, cross a courtyard and enter another side of the building before the previous hideout is blasted into oblivion.

That’s the only point of view I have,” Lawrence says. “There was definitely no foul play on Sony’s part because they are not going to give someone more money if they don’t ask for it.” Through the letter, Lawrence did a self-evaluation of how her own fears of asking for more money would make her look. From the minute she appeared in my mind as a character from a beloved book series, she has inspired me to never settle for what is the norm even though I disagree with it and has given me the courage to stand up for what is right and just. She has been a great teacher and I hope that with this movie franchise and the book, she will continue to teach future generations how to have courage even if the odds are not always in their favor. It is also way too easy for the team to have access to a “Holo,” a machine that points out exactly where in the Capitol hundreds of booby traps, or “pods,” have been laid and allows them a way to circumvent these traps without mass casualties. After Lawrence wrote the opinion piece, there was a backlash from some who called it “Jennifer’s bratty display.” To her, those kinds of comments just helped make her point.

While it has been clear from the outset that the rebel leader, Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), is slowly becoming used to being in charge, this final film includes a handful of moments that increase our suspicions about her real intentions, and to the screenwriters’ credit, her ambitions remain more or less ambiguous. Katniss’s determination to make the right decision despite the ambiguity of the facts (“real or not real?” is a game she and Peeta plays throughout the film, and for good reason) signals her as an adult capable of critical reflection and aware of the consequences of her actions. Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt’s By the Sea, expanding into a total of 126 theaters in its second weekend, is faring miserably for a projected $200,000 weekend gross, if that. The Weinstein Co. is opening Carol, a lesbian drama set in the 1950s, in four theaters in New York and Los Angles this weekend, and so far, it’s doing stellar business. The movie, from Studio Canal, Working Title Films and Cross Creek Pictures, is being released by Universal in the U.S. and stars Tom Hardy in a double turn as two of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ronnie Kray.

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