'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' Getting IMAX 3D Release
by Ethan Anderton
February 6, 2015
You may not realize this, but the entirety of The Hunger Games franchise has not been released in theaters in 3D. In addition, while The Hunger Games and the sequel Catching Fire hit IMAX screens, last year's Mockingjay - Part 1 was not released on IMAX, mostly because of the proximity to Christopher Nolan's more giant screen worthy Interstellar. However, after Mockingjay - Part 1 got a 3D release in China, and that was enough to convince Lionsgate and director Francis Lawrence to release Mockingjay - Part 2 of the franchise in the massive IMAX 3D format when the film hits theaters November 20th.
This is relatively disappointing if only because this was an impressive franchise without the gimmick of 3D. And while we haven't seen Mockingjay - Part 1 in 3D here in the United States, knowing what we know from our experience in the format, we can't imagine it's all that great. Often times, films with dark color palettes don't look good when converted to 3D. That's because 3D projections are, by nature, darker when it comes to the brightness of the projected images. For example, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II was a nightmare to sit through in 3D. But Lawrence seems to think it adds a whole new level to the film:
“I’m thrilled 'Mockingjay – Part 2' will be in IMAX theaters. Fans will now have the chance to see the film in any format they want, which is exciting; we recently saw the 3D version of 'Mockingjay – Part 1' before its release in China, and the new level of immersion was really fantastic.”
But of course he's going to say that in a press release announcing this news. But it would be nice if there was at least a single non-3D IMAX screening each day at participating theaters. But at the same time, unlike Catching Fire, the two-part finale of this franchise didn't have any sequences shot with IMAX cameras, so that really doesn't make the giant screen worth it other than the sound quality. But I'm sure there will be plenty of fans and less knowledgeable people flocking to IMAX screens to finish this series, and that's all that matters when you're doing something just for the box office dollars. But since the previous films performed fantastically without 3D as a crutch, this just seems greedy.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 is directed by Francis Lawrence and written by Peter Craig and Danny Strong. With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced before. Lionsgate releases the film on November 20th.