Hunger Games: Mockingjay "The Hanging Tree", TheFeatured
Improved character performances (Katniss' emotional breakdowns largely cut, Gale relationship moments cut)
Improved narrative including powerful and exciting new beginning and more emotional thought provoking ending
Altered score allowing for new scenes and transitions that would otherwise not be possible including new Hanging Tree track
171 minute runtime (goal was 160 minutes, catching fire runtime was 146 minutes)
Mockingjay Part 1 original runtime 123 minutes has been reduced to 61 minutes.
The beginning of the movie has been completely changed, I have merged the track "Remind Her Who The Enemy Is" from the Original Score with the track "The Hanging Tree" to produce the score for the beginning of the film.
The film begins with a quote from "The Treaty of the Treason" just like the original Hunger Games movie did. The quote used for the original movie was invented for the film. The text was marked as being sourced from The Treaty of the Treason whose text never appeared in the books. The text that I have written to begin this film is:
"From the Treaty of the Treason:"
"And the peace will be a contract.
Each district will supply the Capitol
in return for order and security.
Refusal to work will be an act of
treason punishable by death."
This is a condensed version of President Snow's speech from Mockingjay Part 1 that has been cut in this edit.
The movie then begins with the attack on the Hydroelectric Dam in District 5 followed by the titles "2 Months Earlier" "District 13"
The movie then begins as normal
The titles for Mockingjay Part 1 have been removed
After Katniss collapses after witnessing the corpses in District 12 the next scene is Katniss awakening from a horror dream
Plutarch's insinuation to President Coin that Katniss is The Mockingjay only when in costume is cut
All scenes concerning Prim's cat have been cut
Coin's speech to District 13 announcing her arrangement with Katniss has been cut
The first interview with Peeta has been inserted after Katniss is shown Cinna's Mockingjay designs
The filming of the first "propo" using the green screen fx has been reduced to a minimum (i.e. there's only one 'take')
The talk about District 8 being a relatively safe place to send Katniss to film "propos" has been cut so that there is a sense of danger in the proceeding scenes
Snow's reference to his cut speech has been removed
Katniss hunting with Gale in the woods and Peeta's second interview have been cut completely
Katniss' second trip to District 12, her relationship elements with Gale, and her singing cut completely
The rebel attack in the woods leads directly to Peeta's third interview where he speaks about the rebel attacks on the grainery and dam.
Peeta is not shown images of Katniss singing during this interview, he betrays the Capitol seemingly of his own accord
The bombing of 13 has many scenes cut including Katniss with the cat and Katniss with Finnick
The power failure during the bombing scene leads directly to Katniss hiding in the tunnel, the discovery of Snow's roses and the proceeding "propo" shoot is cut completely
Haymitch tells Katniss that a rescue operation is already underway to free the victors and this leads immediately to Katniss waiting with Finnick anxious for the return of the rescue mission volunteers
The Zero Dark Panem sequence is cut completely
Coin's speech that ends Mockingjay Part 1 is cut completely
Mockingjay Part 2 Cutlist
Mockingjay Part 2 original runtime 137 minutes has been reduced to 110 minutes.
The opening scene where Katniss' swolen neck is examined is cut, her injury is much less severe in this edit to allow for a believably faster recovery
Mockingjay Part 2 titles are cut and replaced with a unused shot (reversed) of Peeta struggling against his bonds taken from Part 1
The scene where Coin tells Katniss that she cannot send her to the Capitol has been reworked to indicate that Coin wants to keep Katniss under her thumb where she can be controlled. Some audio adjustments were made to blend this scene with Katniss' second meeting with Coin
The entire sequence where Katniss and Gale travel to district 2, Katniss gets shot, Katniss recovers from her wound in the hospital have been eliminated
The dinner scene at Snow's mansion has been tweaked and now follows Peeta's attack on Katniss. The scene now appears to show Snow speaking of Katniss' death by Peeta's hands instead of by the rebels in district 2
The scene where Katniss speaks with Peeta in the hospital has been cut
Plutarch's mention of Katniss' gunshot wound has been cut
Cressida's annoying "directing" of Katniss' actions have been cut
The scene where Snow is made aware of Katniss' being caught on video alive following the tar trap has been cut along with the first indication that Snow is dying from the poisons in his body. This reveal works much better as a surprise to the viewer at the end of the movie, humanizing him at a time where he has already lost all of his power.
Katniss' self loathing after the death of Finnick has been reduced to a minimum
The scene where Gale and Peeta discuss who Katniss loves is cut. There is no indication in this edit or in the trilogy of movies as a whole that Katniss would have ever ended up with Gale, it was a terribly developed plot device throughout, and has been rightly eliminated.
The idealistic ending where poor CGI and makeup effects are used to age up Katniss and make her look more like her mother has been eliminated completely. I accept that this change will be hard to accept by purist followers of the book. But I emplore you to see this movie for what it is, a gritty ugly war movie. A thought provoking tender moment of 2 characters learning to live with the atrocities they've experienced is much more satisfying than a "everything worked out great in the end" finale.
The ending has been rescored to accomodate this change
The Hanging Tree
A Jerick Fan Edit
has been added to the end credits
Jerick gave me the Hunger Games finale I wanted to see in the cinema.
First of all, I never read the books, so I don't compare the movie to them. Second, I am no expert on editing whatsoever. I am just a tremendously huge fan of the fist two Hunger Games movies who was pretty disappointed by the final films.
One of the biggest problems for me back then was that the films dragged on forever because they split the story over two movies. Jerick gave me a movie with just the right pacing and an incredibly strong start with the film beginning with blowing up the dam. Also, I don't remember anything that I missed from the original cut, so again, I'd say damn good job here.
I watched the film together with my girlfriend who has never seen the original two films and she enjoyed it as well. She felt a few points weren't perfectly explained, but to be honest, I felt the same way with the original cut, where I had to read about a few things to full grasp every detail.
There was one weird cut, where all of sudden Katniss is hiding in the pipes or wherever, where we felt like "huh? Why is she hiding there all of a sudden?" But I don't really remember if this was that different in the original cut.
All in all, from a movie watcher perspective, this is the edit that should have made it to the public. Thank you, Jerik, for giving me the movie I wanted to see.
If the film-makers hadn't decided to waste so much time and money stretching this book out to two movies for no good reason, then we probably would have gotten something like this.
I have to say, pretty good combination of both parts, into an almost 3 hour cut. Very seamless, works like one solid movie. There is a lot of material cut, some is a tad bit important for character development and the narrative, but it's alright in my mind. I thoroughly enjoyed this edit, and I would definitely recommend it. The editing is superb and professional.
Great job Jerick!
I'm not going to go into a huge exposition as to what's great and what's not. The editing is top notch, this guy really knows how to keep the energy and narrative flowing through vigorous editing. The video/audio quality is A+, literally like watching the official Blu Ray. This guy is gifted in the art of editing.
Now, my biggest grievance is with the choosing of material he's cut from the film. 80% of what he's edited out is filler and is mostly unnecessary and it makes for a much tighter and cohesive viewing experience. But there are some KEY scenes that were removed from the film and it just didn't work for me at all. It's like he did an excellent job editing out over half the filler in part one, and let the majority of part two play out. He took out some very tense, important scenes and it left the movie lacking. The COMPLETE removal of all scenes involving the taking of Disctict 2 was baffling. Not to mention the removal of the entire rescue mission in part 1. After what appears firstly to be a tightly cut action/sci-fi finale, it just turned out to be disappointing.