New “Mockingjay, Pt. 1” trailer packs a powerful punch

Fangirls and fanboys everywhere were abuzz when  the first official trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 was released. Coming in at over 12 million views on YouTube, it’s easy to tell that the hype for this film is very real.

While the trailer doesn’t give much away as far as the plot is concerned, it presents enough to make any viewer overwhelmed with feels.

Jennifer Lawrence renews the role of Katniss in this new Hunger Games movie.

The score used behind all of the action and dialogue within the trailer only helps set the bleak mood of the film; we’re thrown into a country in the middle of a rebellion, guns blasting and buildings crumbling to dust as the rebels take on the Capitol. The gorgeous score builds in intensity right along with the trailer, which only adds to the anticipation of it all.

The color usage in this trailer is very monochromatic; lots of blacks and neutral colors versus the bright greens, oranges, and reds that were present in the previous films. This helps solidify that we’re no longer just playing in the games – we’re at war, right alongside Katniss and the rest of the rebels.

Jennifer Lawrence shines in her sections of the trailer. She has blossomed as an actor since the first film, and it shows. The way she takes command of her role as the rebellion’s Mockingjay is chilling and powerful, just as it is in the novel.

The other actors featured in the trailer are also amazing, even when they aren’t speaking. Stanley Tucci merely crossed his legs and I was amazed at his perfect capture of Caesar Flickerman. If this is the case with all of the film’s actors in the trailer, I can only imagine how they’ll be in the film itself.

Overall, I was pretty ambivalent about this film before seeing the official trailer. Having watched it multiple times now, I can honestly say that this will be the defining film for the Hunger Games franchise, as well as one of the must-see movies this fall. You definitely don’t want to miss this.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 hits theaters Nov. 21.