Teenage futuristic dystopian franchises have been the flavour of the week for the last few years. Book adaptations such as the Divergent series and the Maze Runner series have played a large part in box office numbers. Arguably the biggest and most popular of these adaptations is The Hunger Games franchise. Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Evergreen character has offered inspiration to girls (and boys) the world over with her strong, independent revolutionary character.
The Hunger Games follows Katniss as she leads a revolution against the capitol and the dictatorship that has pushed those less fortunate into poverty and pitted their children against each other in the cyclic Hunger Games tournaments. When Katniss is one of the individuals picked for the games she takes matters into her own hands and decides to turn the games upside down and inside out by refusing to kill to win. This turns her into a celebrity, yet Katniss realises she needs to change how she, her family and all of those around her are treated. To do this she must lead a revolution.
The Hunger Games film franchise has now reached its climax with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 being released in 2015. Despite being the lowest grossing of the franchise at the opening box office raising only $102.7 million, there has still been a buzz around the finale which has been pegged as the darkest and most violent of the franchise.
In this article we look at some of the mistakes within the final Hunger Games films, and ask if they may have something to do with the reduced box office numbers. Be warned, there are spoilers included in this list.
8 Magically Changing Arrows
7 Fire-Resistant Skin
6 Contact Lenses Goof
5 Flunking Archery
4 Self-Styling Hair
3 Wardrobe Malfunction
2 Head Positioning
1 Disappearing Makeup
Most of the goofs that we have mentioned in this article revolve around continuity editing, and number 1 is no exception. Prior to this we have seen issues with costume, with hair and with positioning. At number one we have makeup drama. This can be seen in the same scene where Katniss has a magically-expanding arrow. The scene where Katniss shoots Coin is a pivotal plot point within the story, which may explain why in one shot Katniss is wearing dark heavy make-up, yet when Haymitch takes her out of the Capitol her face is clean. Unless she has some cleansing wipes in her arrow pouch, this makes no sense.
Despite there being a number of continuity issues within the film, these are generally small compared with those in other films. Whilst these goofs are evident, it is unlikely that they bear any relation to reduced viewing numbers. Is it more to do with the fact that audiences are in need of a change of pace? Maybe the market has been over-saturated with teenage dystopia over recent years. All we can say is, may the odds be forever in your favour, Mockingjay.
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