Clear your schedules because The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One debuts in theaters this weekend. Since the series debut in 2012, everything- well ALMOST everything- has gone exceedingly well for everyone involved. Woody Harrelson has re-emerged as a bankable star, Elizabeth Banks is finally getting name recognition for all of the fantastic work she does, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth are teen heartthrobs, and oh yeah… Jennifer Lawrence gets nominated for ever movie she does, has two multi-million dollar movie franchises, has become America’s Sweetheart, and won an Academy Award. Pretty solid track record for a series of Young Adult Fiction movie adaptations.

After two rounds of Hunger Games, the war for Panem is about to kick off in Mockingjay. The series took a very serious step forward with Catching Fire and I’d expect to see more of the same in this the third installment of the series. Mockingjay is going to do for Young Adult Fiction movies what The Dark Knight did for comic book movies; it’s going to transcend genre. At one point you could easily lump The Hunger Games in with things like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey – movie adaptations of books that are all the rage at the moment. That time is long gone. These are like… real movies. The cast has like… real actors. The characters have REAL issues. I’m pretty sure Katniss Everdeen has PTSD. That’s pretty heavy stuff! That’s like The Hurt Locker heavy.

It is very rare to see a movie that can be a genre movie and a book adaptation and a super hero movie and a major crossover hit all in one breath. The Hunger Games series has pulled it off twice already… I’m guessing Mockingjay will be no different.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT: When Katniss destroys the games, she goes to District 13 after District 12 is destroyed. She meets President Coin who convinces her to be the symbol of rebellion, while trying to save Peeta from the Capitol.

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