I’ve just finished a re-read of the Hunger Games trilogy, and one look at that new poster sent me scrambling back to the superstupersplendiforous trailer, where I noticed a few things and wanted to bring up a few others:
Dost mine eyes deceive or is she wearing the Mockingjay pin? I read that Madge might be taken out of the script and really, I’m fine with it. When you think about it, honestly, it’s one of those things that would have been fine in the books, too. If it’s Prim’s pin – which surely the Capitol would have noticed later – that Katniss wears into the Arena, then certain events-that-shall-not-be-named later make a lot more sense and are more suited to the lack of rumination time an audience gets in a film. Prim as a [SPOILER FOR THE THIRD BOOK, GO AWAY AND READ IT NOW] final weapon, as it were? Saved until the very last moment to break the Mockingjay?
Such questions. Is the above scene at the reaping or does the shift in pin position indicate she’s wearing it later, perhaps to watch the games? OR was a continuity person really confused?
Unless they are very crafty, Prim being the one to give Katniss the pin decidedly shifts who is to blame for a certain atrocity, at the end of the third book. Then again, a lot will happen in this series between now and then (and if this trailer is any indication we WILL get to “Mockingjay”; LionsGate has already announced November 22, 2013, as the date of the release of “Catching Fire.” TOO LONG! That’s two years away!). I’m one of those people who truly believes the despicable despicableness was Coin’s doing and not Snow’s: I would explain why, except I would spoil the entire third book (and you shouldn’t read the comments if you haven’t read Mockingjay).
Right, so, the pin. OK, well, after this, I scoured the trailer some more and found this:
It raised a question. Why is the Mockingjay pin being HANDED BACK to someone? Those are both girl hands. The only girl Katniss comes in contact with after the reaping are her assistant stylists and Effie. Those are all Capitol people. With decorations and colors and tattoos. Those are Katniss’s and Prim’s hands.
So, what, then? This implies the pin was taken off, Prim tried to give it to Katniss, and it is now being RETURNED to Prim. Because as we’ve seen in the trailer, Prim wasn’t able to talk to Katniss after she volunteered, much less give her the pin. Katniss isn’t handing Prim her pin back to remember her by – and if Prim is giving Katniss the pin to wearing the arena, why is it being returned to her?
Sense, it does not make much of it. Maybe Katniss encourages Prim to keep it but Prim finds a way to get it to her, by giving it to Peeta (as it seems the families of each Reaped visit the other). Or, maybe I’m making entirely too much of it, and Prim gives it to her, and Katniss simply tries to give it back and is denied. Finds it in her pocket later. A last gift from Prim.
Well, it can’t be too consequential. Katniss gets the pin. She has to be wearing it in the arena or the plot falls apart. She certainly looks to be holding it here:
(Ah, the little puzzles that try fans’ souls. I love it.)
(Also if there was ever ANY doubt about Jennifer Lawrence’s ability to portray Katniss, this trailer should have put it soundly to rest. She acts with all of her. More than 19 viewings of the trailer in, her “I volunteer!” still gives me epic chills.)
I think they picked the perfect Peeta. His look on the reaping stage, his Boy-with-the-Bread arms that end up being so very important to Katniss. He exudes the kind of quiet confidence, kindness and thoughtfulness of Peeta – the goodness – while also showing us someone with capacity for intensity and power. Immensely likable.
Head Gamemaker. Swirly beard guy. Clearly reacting in shock to Katniss’s private training antics.
Here is the ONLY point at which my excitement ebbed in the trailer. Haymitch is haggard, a drunk, barely ever conscious, in terrible shape, deeply sarcastic, sometimes darkly hilarious. There is another photo in which Harrelson looks like he might be drunk. But this put-together Haymitch isn’t doing it for me, and though we may be seeing the odd moment out here, I worry. Haymitch is a rich, colorful character – mysterious, troubled, more than he seems in book one, indispensable in book two and essential to Katniss’s survival there on out – and I wonder if we’ll just get a wise, generic advisor instead. Stripping Haymitch of his character would be a crime. He’s a great one. He’s this series’ Snape.
There’s one of two possibilities here: this could TECHNICALLY be the moment after Katniss volunteers for Prim, and her whole district sends her their regards in this manner (a moment which, if it is not in the film, I will riot): however, given what comes right before it in the trailer (Katniss on screen, clearly after a significant death), I think this is a shot of District 11. The screen is slightly different and as hard as I looked in the District 12 crowd, I didn’t see anyone of color. They do make a point in the book that Rue and Thresh are both black, and that appearance matters when figuring out what district someone comes from. Also, this just makes sense. The film gives us a wonderful opportunity we didn’t have in the book: to see what is happening outside the arena. A shot of District 11 at this moment, giving this salute (which, incidentally, except for the kissing of fingers, is the same as the Boy and Girl Scout Salute), would be perfectly heartbreaking. Hands up if it destroyed you in the trailer.
More perfect casting. The type-A jock, the blond popular jerk stereotype we all know so well. From smirk to spikey hair, this guy is Cato to a T.
Let’s do some more quick spotting!
And I can’t believe I missed this in the first two watches of the trailer but check it out: You can see Katniss and Peeta ON FIRE:
Oh, March 23. WHERE ARE YOU?
All images (c) Lionsgate Films, 2011.