Ever since Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, book splicing to make a two movie ending has become the popular trend for literary films in Hollywood. And I don’t like it.
First it was Harry Potter, than it was Breaking Dawn. Currently it’s Mockingjay and next is Allegiant. I get it that it makes these films even more money than if it was just a single movie, but that is really all they are going on for doing this at this point. Sure, Deathly Hallows is of decent length which, in order to get all the information in, they had to divide the film. But even then, it barely squeaked by.
With Twilight riding on the HP coattails, it makes Breaking Dawn into 2 movies. We all know it’s because Harry Potter did it and made more money. But it’s really not necessary at all. When they announced that Mockingjay would be split into two films, I got actually annoyed. The book itself is not very long and really doesn’t have enough content to justify two 2-hour movies. But they’re doing it anyway. With these films they have to exaggerate a climax in order to give a cliff hanger end to justify the split. And when I saw Mockingjay Part 1, I was sitting with many people who have not read the book and had no idea what just happened when it ended.
These movie splits are doing two things: disrespecting the veterans of the story and confusing the rookies. For those of us who have read these books and fallen in love with these characters, it is really frustrating to have to wait for the next film to come out a year later in order to finish the story, when it took less than a week to read the book itself. And for the rookies who are only watching the films (read the books!), they are left confused at what just happened, because they are learning what’s happening in that moment so they suffer from the over-climaxed cliff hangers, and thus have to wait a year for the finale. The book split is not doing any service to the fans, it’s only making the producers and others make more money.
And now Allegiant is on this bandwagon, and I’m pessimistic about it. Having read the book, I know how difficult it can be to follow at times since it switches between view points. We solely follow Tris for the first two movies, and now we’re going to have to change between her and Four constantly. I have a feeling it won’t turn out very well. It also doesn’t have that much to go off of, so the first part is going to be a lot of explaining and not much of anything else, meaning it’s going to be dull.
I am all for turning books into movies (as long as you read the book before seeing the movie), but I’m tired of stretching out the final book in a series into multiple films. The films already come out a couple of years after the books are published, so, as a fan, I’ve been waiting a long time, and would love if Hollywood would stop making me wait another year for full satisfaction.
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