IT’S HERE! The trailer for Catching Fire!
If you don’t care to read yet more of my thoughts on Hunger Games, well, I’m sorry. But this is something I love, so I will continue to fangirl about it (although hopefully I won’t be as shallow as I was with the hot dwarves in The Hobbit‘s trailer). I’m usually rather pessimistic about book-to-film adaptations and will be the first to complain about the Harry Potter movies, but I was very impressed with The Hunger Games movie so naturally I’m excited for Catching Fire. It’s weird, though – when the first movie was just out I wasn’t much interested and now I am. Funny how things change.
0:06 – I know this is a weird thing to notice, but I like this opening part with the Lionsgate logo. The clouds look all dramatic. It’s more interesting than the Twentieth Century Fox kind of opening.
0:09 – That sounds like Cinna…
0:16 – …but it doesn’t look like him!
0:18 – OK, movie music nerd time. This bit here sounds a bit like “Deep Shadows”. Wait. You’re probably not as into music from The Hunger Games as I am, so I’ll explain. “Deep Shadows” is the trailer music for the original movie; it’s brilliant and fits the film so well. What I noticed here was that they seem to be reusing it, which is good, but redoing it, which is better. Same sounds, but now it sounds darker and more sad. That’s perfect, considering that Catching Fire is darker (more angsty?) than the first book/film.
0:40 – That must be Plutarch Heavensbee, but he looks different from what I expected. He’s not very attractive and actually a bit dorky, which is what I imagined. I thought, “He’s not one of those Gamemakers who likes to show off. He just wants to do his job, so he wouldn’t be fancy like Seneca Crane.” But movies generally make characters more attractive, so I’m surprised here.
0:47 – Whoa. A wall with “The odds are never in our favor” graffitied onto it. Why am I so impressed? Two reasons. First, it has a lot of meaning if you’ve read the trilogy – it shows the growing rebellion in Panem. Second, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t in the books and I’m very happy that they added something that actually works. (I feel the Harry Potter movies added all sorts of things that didn’t help the storyline.)
1:04 – What is Peeta doing with his face here?
1:16 – I’ve worn weird outfits, but nothing like that. God, Effie. But I do like how different Katniss’s dress is from her earlier clothes.
1:21 – THE PARTY! This is one of the scenes I’m really looking forward to. Ooh, and I know where this part was filmed; I recognize the house and now I’ll shut up because probably no one reading this is as interested in the non-acting aspects of films as I am.
1:39 – I think this is my favorite part of the trailer, after the guy breathing fire. I’m not a fan of Prim in the books because I think she’s a weak character – not physically weak, just not very fleshed out. I hope this is another instance where changing things slightly makes the movie better and not just confusing. See, the trailer shows Prim saying that Katniss not only gave her a chance to live, but a chance “to do something.” (Specifically, to become a nurse-medic-thing.) Catching Fire‘s Prim isn’t the crying little girl she was in the first movie; she’s come into her own. I’d like to see her have more depth.
1:44 – Oh God, I hope people don’t make a big deal out of that kiss. It’s not Twilight.
1:49 – Katniss sees Gale being whipped and screams “No!” while I scream “Yes!” I’m sorry. I don’t like Gale.
2:22 – You’d think they would have a ticking sound here (“Tick tock, this is a clock”) instead of Rue’s whistle, but… OK.
All in all, I thought it was an awesome trailer. It makes me feel better about the fact that there’s a new director. I thought the first guy obviously understood the book well because he did a great job, but the new person might have completely different ideas.
One thing the trailer obviously didn’t showcase was the score. Duh – that’s what trailer music is for. Anyway, the music for the first movie was what really made me fall in love with film scores so it’s what I’m most excited for. Catching Fire is my least favorite of the trilogy; I want to see its movie for the music and the design. And if the storyline is more interesting than that of the book, then that too.
I would’ve liked to see Cinna, Johanna, Finnick, or part of the scene when Katniss hangs Seneca Crane in effigy, but I think at least the first three will be featured in future trailers. I’m not complaining about the lack of arena scenes because there were very little in the trailers for The Hunger Games. This is great because it doesn’t give away all the big scenes. Why bother watching a movie when you’ve already seen all the most-anticipated scenes? Another thing the Harry Potter filmmakers could’ve considered. Whoops. A sentence fragment. Suzanne Collins, stop. Making me write. This. Way.