The first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One has been released, and it is an eerie look into the world of Panem. It gives very little away for those who have not read the books, but shares an insight that people could only imagine through Katniss Everdeen’s (played by Jennifer Lawrence) eyes for those who did.
It is not quite a trailer for the film, but more of a teaser of things to come. It is just President Snow (played by Donald Sutherland) and Peeta Mellark (played by Josh Hutchinson) standing in a very white room. The whole teaser is a propaganda message to the people, warning them quite literally not to bite the hand that feeds them.
Most people will know that the final two movies are all about the rebellion. Even without reading the books that was clear from the ending of Catching Fire. Katniss finally finds out that the new Head Gamemaker was not on the side of the Capitol after all, but on the side of the rebellion and wanted to get Katniss out of the games alive. She is the “Mockingjay.”
There are questions over whether the current teaser will be in the actual movie. It does not come across as something that was in the books, as most of the TV time that Katniss sees is Peeta’s interviews. In this, Peeta is stationary, and has almost become a drone of the Capitol. That does not mean this new trailer released will not be part of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One. The show runners added in scenes that were never part of the book to help tell the story, since the books are all written from Katniss’ point of view. Considering the outcome of the third book, it will make sense to add in some extra scenes not told within the book, similar to the fight scene that The Twilight Saga added in the final instalment of the franchise.
The trailer is not the first insight into The Hunger Games the marketing department has added. With social media, there is now a need to create something viral, and this is much easier said than done. This is why a number of propaganda posters have been created as the Capitol “celebrates” the districts and why they exist. There is a poster for each district, with a simple message thanking the districts for whatever they are known for. District 12 (the one that Katniss and Peeta are from) is thanked for its mining, while District 4 (the one that Finnick is from) is thanked for its fishing. They each have a photo showcasing someone dressed in a way that mimics the district the poster is for.
TV shows and movies have done things similar in the past. Fans of Lost were given the chance to join in with the “Lost Experience,” while the Blair Witch Project had fake websites created for people to enjoy. They were all an attempt to get people engaged and excited for a movie. The same has certainly happened with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One with the release of the first trailer, which is really a teaser into the propaganda of the Capitol.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham