Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies, since I’ve always found trailers to be endlessly fascinating.
Today we have the new teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Go ahead and watch it and then read on for my thoughts:
As someone who has read the books, I’ll do my best to try to avoid spoilers, but here are some moments that stood out to me.
1) The teaser opens with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) on the customary “victor’s tour,” where the winner, or in this case winners, of the previous Hunger Games visits all of the other districts as a way of keeping the Games fresh in the minds of the citizens. Katniss’s defiance of the Capitol in The Hunger Games has inspired the citizens of Panem, and we see that unrest here, as displays of solidarity and rebellion are met with brutal violence from the guards.
2) We get some discussion between President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and the new gamesmaker, Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman), about Katniss’s influence, and the need to get rid of her, or at the least what she represents. This scene, which carries throughout the trailer, is an indication that the style of the previous film will be continued, giving us a broader perspective than the first person view of the book.
3) I love the graffiti, “the odds are never in our favor,” seen from the victors’ train. It’s not something I remember from the book, but it fits in perfectly.
4) We get brief moments from all of the supporting cast, Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Effie (Elizabeth Banks), and Caesar (Stanley Tucci). We also get a nice line from Prim (Willow Shields) that hints at the character’s future.
5) Gale (Liam Hemsworth) gets some good screen time, both as a rebel and a love interest. His role is bigger in this film than the last.
6) It’s an interesting choice not to show anything relating to the in-universe Hunger Games, including none of the new Tributes. We get a mention of what’s to come from Snow, as he talks about Katniss’s species, “the other victors.” Presumably we’ll get more in the first full trailer.
Overall, I can’t wait for Catching Fire. It looks like Francis Lawrence is doing a good job carrying over the universe as it was presented by Gary Ross in the previous film. The drama and the stakes have definitely been ratcheted up, and I’m looking forward to see how the more memorable characters, settings and scenes from the book play out on screen. The last movie exceeded all of my expectations, so my hopes are high.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to Catching Fire? Have you read the book? Which new cast member are you most excited to see in the next trailer?