Fans of The Hunger Games book series know all too well how brutal things get in the last half of “Mockingjay” and the movie is going to keep with that realism. The film has gotten a little flak over how violent it is for a PG-13 movie, but the director and some of the stars spoke out to defend it.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 will hit theaters on November 20th and fans cannot wait, even though they know that if the movie sticks with the book’s details, it’s going to be a rough ride. Director Francis Lawrence talked about the violence in the film. “In the visual interpretation of the stories, I wanted to make sure that we were again focusing on the emotional consequence of it, not the carnage, not the blood… you’ll notice there’s very, very little blood. That’s not what I wanted to explore, that’s not what I’m interested in.” He said deciding on how much violence to include “was probably the biggest challenge I had in the making of this movie specifically. I think each of the movies has been violent in its own way, but this was going to be the toughest.”
He continued, “Suzanne wrote these books with the intention of writing about the consequence of war for teenagers. And you go to make a movie about the same thing, and I think part of the reason the books are so popular is that she did not flinch. She didn’t patronize kids.”
Natalie Dormer shared her thoughts on the movie’s violence, “I think the Hunger Games is a phenomenon that’s rewritten the rule book about what can be commercially viable. It’s not condescending, it’s not patronizing to its young audience. It fully understands that they can process and explore, cathartically, ideas and consequences or war, radical oppression, liberty, human beings struggling with their sense of self-identity, love, loss, sacrifice. It doesn’t sugar coat any of them.”
She added, “This overwhelming need that Hollywood has to sugarcoat things to make them more palatable ultimately doesn’t help the younger generation who have got so much to deal with. They’ve got so much on their plate, don’t lie to them about what the world is really like because it doesn’t help them. Give them the opportunity to explore how they handle the future.”