Coming Soon: The Hunger Games (March 23, 2012)

Gale and Katniss sitting in a tree...

I do believe this is at least the second Coming Soon I have done for The Hunger Games… the first for the teaser trailer, this second for the more recent trailer.  I figured, what the hell, I wanted to make a few comments on the most recent, and most extensive, footage we have seen yet… and why not repeat myself.  Also, since I’m shaking off a little rust due to my extended absence I referenced here, The Hunger Games can serve as a wonderful palate cleanser.

So what have we learned with this latest trailer? <*bing* If you have not done so, please proceed to the bottom of this post and engage the embedded video for your viewing pleasure.  Thank you… *bing*>   If you have not read the books, you learned a bit about The Reaping and the basic backbone to the Hunger Games themselves.  You learned there is a protagonist, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), who will risk her life for her little sister and is a bad ass with a bow.  You have learned there are two different young men involved, Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson)… which will give you both the correct impression and the wrong one.  This is not Twilight, that is all.  You learned that there are some strange futuristic facial hair and otherwise fashions going on and Donald Sutherland still has an awesome voice. You learned what Woody Harrelson looks like with a blonde page-boy.  You learned that the world looks a bit like a cleaner less rainy Blade Runner version of L.A.  You learned that you will still be having to wax your legs in the future.  Sorry about that last one.

If you have read the books… what have you learned?  We learned that the casting seems spot on.  With the exception of Jennifer Lawrence being a bit old to be playing a 16 year old, the casting thus far seems impeccable.  Although I didn’t quite picture Haymitch looking like Randy Quaid’s Amish character in Kingpin, I still believe that will work.  Fans of any franchise that begins as a beloved book are complete wankers… myself included.  Expect more of this wretched whining about such ridiculous standards as “not how I pictured it” and “the book did [insert action] better”… or the classic “I can’t believe what they did to MY Hunger Games!”.  Not necessarily from me… but from “out there”.  From my perspective, the casting is remarkable.

We learned that the film appears to be quite faithful to the novel.  What that means for the violence in a PG-13 rated film remains to be seen.  As described in the novel, this should by all accounts be rated R.  The violence at times is quite over the top and revolves around the idea of killing minors… as in 12 year old little girls.  How is that PG-13 material?  I don’t know… we’ll find out.

We learned that Elizabeth Banks will be a splendid Effie and that with enough make-up, she can be one hell of a freaky looking woman.

District 12 looks a bit nicer and much more clean than I would have expected.  We didn’t get to see the Cornucopia, but we got a taste for the sprint towards it.  Stanley Tucci looks interesting with blue hair.  Josh Hutcherson, spectacular actor who managed to convey everything that is Peeta with one look of longing and emotion. Possibly the best young actor out there… along with at least a few incredible young actresses.

What else did we learn?  I don’t know about you, but I learned that I am in fact getting excited for it and realized that March is no longer that far off.

Enjoy the latest trailer and expect more from me in the coming months with regards to this little piece of pop culture.  I’d love to hear your thoughts…

Is she a Boy Scout?
Cornelius J. Blahg

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