Let’s sketch out some of the numbers related to Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games. We’re 11 days away from release on March 23rd; there have been 2 trailers and maybe 5 TV spots; but in total, we’ve really seen only about 8 minutes’ worth of the movie’s 142-minute running time.
In many ways, I respect the studio for keeping us from glimpsing anything in the Arena; that means we won’t be spoiled on director Gary Ross‘ vision of the Games themselves. And since most fans have hailed what Ross did with the glitzy Capitol and how true he remained to the books, I don’t think there will be any sort of problem.
That said, this video appeared online; thanks to Down With The Capitol for posting it. It’s almost seven minutes of B-roll footage from the District 12 reaping, the pre-Games interviews and meals in the Capitol, and even a brief, powerful moment between Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) from the Arena itself. It’s distinctly different from any of the flashy trailers we’ve seen before, and not as exciting, necessarily, but still worth watching, in my opinion.
But here’s a caveat: Watching this footage might lessen some of the movie’s impact for you. You’re viewing never-before-seen moments, like what happens after Katniss volunteers in Prim’s place at the reaping, without the benefit of editing or sound mixing. It is a tiny letdown to glimpse Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) up on his glittering dais, only for the camera to pan over and you see that the “crowd” cheering him on is the cast and crew.
At the same time, it’s kind of exhilarating to feel like you’re on-set with the actors, witnessing their discussions on character off-camera and seeing where the Capitol sets end. Plus, that Arena moment is really touching. If you’ve already read the books and want a truly behind-the-scenes look at how this movie was assembled, then you should definitely watch the footage.