If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that Second City comedienne Holly Laurent looked on Google Trends and threw two popular topics together: Maligned singer Lana Del Rey and the much-anticipated Hunger Games movie. And yet, instead of being shameless linkbait, it works!
Laurent has smartly edited the footage from the two Hunger Games trailers to make it resemble the supposed earthiness of Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” music video, but she also pops in playing the singer. And while the lyrics at first sound weepy, there’s an edge to them: Lines like “a pita is a pouch of bread, but that’s his name” and “Panem is a place that’s fake but true” show that she’s willing to mock both of the hot-topic pieces. (And maybe this is wishful thinking, but Hunger Games fans will remember that in the new trailer Katniss is wearing a yellow dress; if Laurent’s yellow dress is a homage to that, then she’s a genius.)
It ends a little abruptly, but we hope that Laurent makes a follow-up once the next trailer comes out—or even after we see the whole film on March 23. In the meantime, you can check out her work with Chicago improv troupe The Reckoning.
What’s also interesting to note is that LDR’s other song “Born to Die” has been making the rounds on YouTube, with Hunger Games fans mashing it up with the actual trailer. So, kudos.