Forget the teaser trailer letdown at the VMAs—the full-length trailer for Lionsgate‘s The Hunger Games has just redeemed everything. It premiered on Good Morning America minutes ago, and wow, it was just about everything we the fans had wanted. Though our glimpses were limited to the beginning of the movie — the preparations leading up to Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) entry into the Arena — it’s clear that the studio is really taking these books seriously.
In case you missed it, the trailer introduces us to Katniss’ home of the poor coal-mining region District 12, one of twelve districts in the dystopian nation of Panem. We got to see her and her best friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) hunt to survive and contemplate fleeing the district together, only to get called to the main square for the Reaping: Choosing District 12′s two tributes for The Hunger Games.
We really got an eyeful in this trailer: Elizabeth Banks looking positively terrifying as the Capitol’s representative Effie Trinket; her choosing Katniss’ sister Prim, compelling Katniss to volunteer herself for certain death; and then Peeta being chosen as the male tribute. And of course, we got to see the gorgeous Capitol, a world of questionable beauty and hidden malice. [tagbox tag= "The Hunger Games"]
Here are some scattered reactions:
- So the Capitol accent is British? The only person we really heard was Effie.
- The scenes of Katniss getting waxed and plucked looked more like she was being experimented on. I didn’t imagine that reading the books, but I love the choice.
- Yay for Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) and Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci)!
- We got to see more of the Arena than I expected! And even though we didn’t actually glimpse the iconic Cornucopia, it still looked terrifying.
- To that end, I really liked the look of the various TV screens on which people watch Katniss compete. And when she makes the District 12 gesture of respect to the cameras…!
- My one quibble was that even though we saw some of Katniss and Peeta’s interviews before the Games, there was no mention of Peeta’s big reveal: That he’s in love with Katniss. This sets up a huge chunk of his character and the troubling dynamic between them — does she pretend to be in love with him or just kill him — and is important for more casual fans to know.
But overall, I’m incredibly excited for the movie, which comes out on March 23, 2012.
Here’s the trailer from Apple!
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