THE HUNGER GAMES. Directed by Gary Ross. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, and Elizabeth Banks. Gary Ross has directed two movies in his career so far, Seabiscuit (2003) and Pleasantville (1998). While I have not seen those movies, he seems extremely capable and it is no surprise that he is already set to return as director for the sequel. I love the cast for the movie, Woody Harrelson is awesome as you all know and I had the biggest crush on Josh Hutcherson when I was younger. Jennifer Lawrence will make her mark after this movie, definitely. When I first heard she was cast as Katniss, I honestly had to Wikipedia her to figure out where else I’d seen her from (X-Men: First Class). The only note I have is that it will take some time to get used to seeing her as a brunette. One of the best parts of the story is that these actors and actresses really have to be transformed to become their characters so the end result is something extremely new and unknown and it’ll be a treat for everybody to watch.
What you see on the official movie poster is a Mockingjay (a new species that emerged by the Capitol breeding a Mockingbird and a Jabberjay – you’ll understand this next year) and the tagline “MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOUR”, made famous as it is always said in the reapings.
The trailer depicts the 3 key parts of the movie and the first book. We start off with the reaping, then the opening ceremonies and the training, and finally the games! What the trailer also does is giveaway many little hints that only readers of the book will catch which is very enjoyable.
Unlike many other trailers (you know those movies where they practically only show the best parts of the movie then when you go and watch it, it just sucks), this trailer left me with the same feeling I had when I was reading the book: “When are the games going to begin?!”. When you’re reading the book, you want to get as fast as possible to Part III, you turn each and every page knowing you are getting closer and closer to the games. And the trailer very smartly does the same thing.
For me, personally, I paid very close attention to the scenery of it all and it’s one of the things that excite me the most. The Hunger Games is set in the future, and while reading I found it difficult to imagine because it’s not something in the future I’m used to seeing (probably because it looks nothing The Jetsons and Archie3000). With a budget of $100 million, I am truly ecstatic to see more of Panem when the movie releases on March 23, 2012.