The world got its first look at the new Hunger Games teaser trailer at, of all places, this year’s MTV Video Music Awards last night (a ploy to attract viewers may haps?). While I didn’t subject myself to the telecast, I received an ample play-by-play via twitter that kept me up to speed with Beyonce’s baby bump, Gaga’s gender bending, and of course, the debut of the trailer and first reactions.
The trailer is very short, not even clocking in at one minute, but it manages to tell us many things about how the story, and the movie as a whole, are being handled by director Gary Ross. Some of the footage appears shaky in the beginning, suggesting a guerrilla style filmmaking that may actually work considering the subject matter. There’s also a voiceover by Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Katniss’ closest friend back at District 12. For non-readers of the book series, Gale doesn’t have a major role in the first book, but it appears they are beefing up his role in the first film to firmly establish his existing relationship with Katniss, and emphasize the beginnings of the love triangle between Katniss, Gale, and fellow District 12 Tribute Peeta (Josh Hutcherson).
I love the idea of a voiceover to bring Gale’s character into the film, and I’m curious if he will have a running presence throughout the film. I’m also happy to report that it looks like Jennifer Lawrence has successfully mastered the bow and arrow. But, I didn’t expect anything less from someone who can filet a squirrel.
All in all, my curiosity is pretty piqued by the trailer. However, I am growing slightly wary of this film overexposing itself; building up so much hype that it slowly crashes in on itself like a dying star (ten points to the person that can name that reference). I have tremendous hopes for this film, my biggest hope being that it manages to develop itself into a film series that treats its audience like adults, despite its source material. Love triangles are juicy, but I want to see this gal kick some ass!