Why is this a thing? Ok, I know the answer: money. This has become a trend with YA book to film adaptations (thank you, Harry Potter) and originally I was going to write about the pros and cons of this, but I literally could only think of one positive thing. So, I’m going to say the top 5 reasons why my answer is NAY to splitting the last book into two films.
1. It’s unnecessary! Ok, I can understand it for Harry Potter, but for all the other films jumping on the bandwagon, I just don’t see the point. I think the material from Mockingjay could easily fit into one movie. I don’t want to spend half an hour watching Bella get married, Mockingjay Part 1 was completely uneventful, and don’t even get me started on Allegiant.
2. They don’t work as individual films. This has happened in every case – even Harry Potter (sorry Harry, you’re still awesome!), but what we get is a part 1 movie that builds up to something really exciting…then the film ends. Then part 2 we dive straight into the action with no build up at all. Unless you watch both films back to back you just end up with two disjointed films. I think Mockingjay was the biggest offender, at least the other films tried to create contained stories.
3. It slows the pace down. Since the book is drawn out into two films, a lot of the plot points get drawn out. Again, I refer to the half hour wedding in Twilight.
4. They have to add things that aren’t in the books. I don’t expect the books and films to be identical, but if there are changes then I feel they should make sense. Because there isn’t enough content to even make two films out of the book, they have to start adding storylines that don’t make sense. For example, the fight scene in Twilight or the many many plotholes in Allegiant.
5. We have to wait longer for a finale! This one is self-explanatory. We have to wait longer to see the final showdown!
The one positive I have is that we get to see more of our favourite characters. That isn’t enough to justify splitting books into two films though.
So my final verdict is: NAY. Let me know what you think: yay or nay on splitting books into multiple films?