"She Has Become A Beacon Of Hope For Them": 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Teaser
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"She Has Become A Beacon Of Hope For Them": The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Teaser

By Jodi Clager | Trailers | April 15, 2013 | Comments ()


It has been a long time since I read "Catching Fire," so I must admit that I'm not entirely sure which parts of this teaser are direct from the book. I do know that some of the events of the series are being radioed loud and clear and the political aspects of the novel are this teaser's focus.

Happily, Francis Lawrence (Water for Elephants) has seen fit to change the visuals from the shaking, anxiety-filled camera work of Gary Ross to a more polished and steady view. The costumes, makeup, sets, and everything are just so intensely gorgeous in this film, even though the subject matter continues to be darker than Katniss's hair. It's a beautiful thing and November cannot get here quickly enough.

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  • E-Money

    Peeta! Where did that jaw come from? Yes please.

  • duckandcover

    Let's talk about Cinna.

  • MissAmynae

    And again, Effie's wardrobe inspired by/copied from McQueen is perfection. Le Sigh.

  • Mythra Sun

    As much as I like Josh Hutcherson, am I the only person who still feels he was miscast as Peeta?

  • MissAmynae

    Y'know, I was in your camp for a while, but I reread the books with his image in my head for Peeta, and I'm strangely okay with him now. He has a protective solidity to him, like a quiet mastiff laying in the corner.

  • Looks to be expanding the source material quite a bit, a move I'm in favor of. The Hunger Games previews showed very little from the games, I expect Catching Fire to follow suit.

    It seems from the dialogue that the Quarter Quell may not be a recurring thing, but something Snow dreams up to kill off everyone. If so that's a better idea story wise.

  • DeltaJuliet

    I thought the Quarter Quell happened every 25 years, but it was not always ummm.....the way it is for the 75th (trying to avoid spoilers for anyone here). As in, the Quarter Quell was always a bigger spectacle than the regular games, and this was the "theme" Snow chose for this particular year. You know, to fuck with Katniss.

  • Luke Anthony Matthews

    Not one scene of this trailer was from the actual Hunger Games arena?

  • Jennifer Schmennifer

    Wouldn't that be a spoiler?

  • koko temur

    How can it possibly be if the president says clearly in the trailer that he intends to kill all the victors?

  • Jennifer Schmennifer

    Because you don't necessarily know how it's going to happen. He doesn't say it. I remember being surprised about it when I read this book.

  • koko temur

    fair enough. I guess for me, i just couldnt imagine it going in any other direction. But i stay corrected.

  • Pinky McLadybits

    Post is still happening so it might be that special effects are not in the finished stages, thus keeping it from trailers at this point.

  • koko temur

    damn it! I was hoping for it just to be downplayed, but you are probably on to the real reason...

  • I'm fairly certain that we never sat in on any of Snow and Plutarch's meetings in any of the books. I hate it when movies feel like they have to spoonfeed us info.

  • That bugged me in the first movie, too--that little scene with Snow telling (uuh...what's his name? Crazy beard from American Pie) to do something about Katniss. Was that really necessary?

  • Yes, completely. On the other hand, I have a hard time objecting to a little extra time with Donald Sutherland and Philip Seymour Hoffman, so I'm kinda torn.

  • ZombieNurse

    I just finished reading the last two books of the trilogy, and it looks like they might have actually added a bit of exposition to the movie that the book could have benefited from.

  • TheReinaG

    Because the themes of the books were so subtle that we needed to be beaten over the head with heavy-handed exposition.

  • lillie

    I have read the trilogy twice now and I agree completely with this comment.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    I am SO excited!!

    I have to admit that this may be the first time ever that I have said, and actually thought, that the movie was better than the book. I am sure loads of people will disagree. But the stories are told first person, and the movies show more of the things that are implied. Don't get me wrong the books were good... and you do get more of the Katniss doesn't know what to do about her feelings, etc. But for some people, that makes her an unsympathetic character. I have heard people say the same thing about Harry Potter in... I think it was the Order of the Phoenix... basically that he was being bratty or acting out of character. An orphan who has people that want to kill him, and a girl in a dystopian world who doesn't know how to feel about love... hmm... maybe they would occasionally act out of character. Being teenagers and all.

  • chanohack

    I agree that the movie was better than the book, and I will argue it in front of anyone. I proved as much the other day when I got into it with my friend's kid, who thinks the book is awesome "because it's awesome" and the movie sucks "because it sucks." I even re-watched the movie and re-read the book since then to test the certainty of my feelings. Maybe I was a little too harsh with Book Katniss the first time around, but Movie Katniss still kicks her ass.

    The moral of this story is that I get into fights with fourteen-year-olds and I'm super cool.

  • jim88

    How brave of you.

  • Skyler Durden

    Huh. I've read the book twice, and I don't remember any of this...

  • Robert

    Not the whipping, the victory tour, President Snow starting to harass and stalk Katniss, Haymitch teaching Katniss how to survive her colossal fuck up with the Capital, the over the top ancient orgy-styled action of the victory party, the new gamemaker, the riot in District 11, or any of the other things that were clearly taken from the book? There's more, but mentioning them would be full on spoiler territory.

    What they're doing is introducing the heavier political themes of the third book into the second film to get the audience ready for when the story goes off the rails into allegory and PTSD drama. I was convinced the sequel would be a total clusterfuck and now I think it might actually work. I mean, I know the second half of the book is still there and doesn't really connect to anything that happened in the first half, but at least they're trying.

  • Jennifer Schmennifer

    Not the whipping or the old guy who gets shot?

  • zeke_the_pig

    Usually I'm the first (or second, third, whatever) to say that the unnecessary gritty-fication of properties that's been the trend for the past decade or so is exactly that - wank-cloud unnecessary.

    After the seeing the first Hunger Games though, I was crying out for an injection of sweet, delicious Grit like a starving alley hound behind a bistro. For the subject matter that film was trying to deal with it needed some serious colour-draining. As it was it looked like an old-school Mario game. It needs a Battle Royale infusion. Not crazy amounts. I understand that they're trying to reach a certain demographic. But a little bit. Because they should also be trying to do justice to some of the ideas being hinted at.
    But then again what the fuck do I know; I've not read the books. Maybe I'm barking up the wrong bistro.

  • Rochelle

    I liked the books and thought they were grittier than the movie. The books were much better at portraying the degradation of life in poorer districts. And since they aren't Great Literature, they read pretty fast.

  • Snath

    I thought they did an OK job showing the grittiness of the "Appalachian" zone they lived in. The Capitol is bright and shiny because that's the way President Snow wants it.

  • zeke_the_pig

    I suppose you're right about the poor zone. In that case my beef was with the Capitol. Hell, maybe it was just shitty CGI coupled with far too ridiculous art design that soiled it for me.
    I imagine the next one won't be so preoccupied with world-building so it'll probably dodge those bullets.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    Weirdly, Capitol looks less cartoonish than it's described in the books. It's supposed to be glitzy and superficial and pretty damn ridiculous. Kinda like Dubai.

  • Jennifer Schmennifer

    I always thought it was what the U.S. was supposed to look like to developing countries--ridiculously extravagant and wasteful.

  • koko temur

    They improved greatly on the book. Im afraid if they made it a little grittier, it would be unrecognizable for the tweens that made it a hit.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I just finished reading the 2nd and 3rd books. The Snow scenes here seemed heavyhanded, but yeah, this looks way cooler than the books felt.

    The books, especially the last one, felt to me like scripts for a video game.

  • koko temur

    Oh, the third one was the worst! letsjust chuck away the little character development we managed so far, character traits are for p*ssies!

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