• Mon, Aug 20 2012

The Hunger Games Honest Trailer’ Points Out All The Totally Reasonable Issues With The Movie

I’m a big fan of The Hunger Games—I couldn’t be a panelist on the weekly Fireside Chat podcast if I weren’t genuinely invested in Suzanne Collins‘ series and the movie adaptations. That said, I remember being a tiny bit let down when the first movie came out earlier this year. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it, but it certainly had its issues that ranked it just below the book. Yet at the time I couldn’t really put my finger on it. Here we had a movie that had a very cool, ’70s sci-fi feel, with fantastic stars in Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth.

But the folks at Screen Junkies take exception to several details in the movie, in the latest installment of their “Honest Trailers” series. It was really smart of them to wait until the DVD got released, so that the movie’s been out long enough to mitigate any knee-jerk backlash from star-eyed fans, and so the Screen Junkies editors could take advantage of as much footage as possible to make their point. In the trailer which you see above, they boil down the movie to its main points, some of which don’t match up. Like, how do the citizens of District 12 have to take out so much tesserae credit when every home is equipped with those futuristic projectors? And yes, the Capitol does look a ton like the planet Naboo from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace!

Now, I can’t agree with their opinion that Liam should’ve played Peeta over Josh, but I did crack up when the narrator mocks all of the training sequences and Peeta’s camouflage. I guess it does seem a bit ridiculous to someone who didn’t read the books. And yeah, when the first trailer came out, my best friend and I would mock the way J. Law says “There’s twenty-four of us, Gale, only one comes out.” I love her, but that line always comes out awkward.

The best point Screen Junkies makes is that the movie cut out a bunch of important things, like Peeta’s amputation (seriously!) and the ambiguity Katniss feels in pretending to be in love with Peeta. I hope that this stuff gets more focus in Catching Fire… well, we’ve lost an opportunity with Peeta’s leg, but maybe the producers decided that a limp was just too much to add to Josh’s performance. Maybe Liam could’ve carried it better. Now we’ll never know.

[via HuffPo]

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  • Jules

    Yeah, I usually find their honest trailers amusing but, this one didn’t really do it for me. This particular “Honest Trailer” came off more mean spirited and nastier than usual. I guess it’s hard to take their opinion seriously when you know that Screen Junkies hated the whole idea of this story/film even before it hit theaters…they did not read the books, have no idea about the characters and are resigned to that tired fanboy belief that The Hunger Games was a rip-off of Battle Royale. Also, your mileage may vary, but I thought Lawrence’s line reading (There’s 24 of us Gale, only one comes out”) didn’t sound awkward to me at all rather, it sounded like someone who was scared shitless…such a difficult charcter to play; stoic, complex characters always are and judging by how little these guys know about the character and their bias towards the story, their opinion about how it was played means nothing to me.. Trust me, I’m not over sensitive and LOVE a good parody, joke, etc., but this one just induced alot of eyerolling from me.

    • Marissa

      I agree. It wasn’t that funny, and most of the things they ‘left out’ seemed more underlying to me. For example, the fact that Katniss had questionable feelings was obvious to me, but I guess that’s because I read the book. And the whole ‘people don’t look starving’ well do you want MORE Hollywood stars to be anorexic?? Katniss is supposed to be more well-fed and stronger than the other girls in her district. I thought Jennifer was AMAZING in this movie. And I figure that everyone needs that projector to watch the Hunger Games, which everyone is FORCED to watch. We have those today, they’re not technologically advanced. And on a side note, I would love Peeta more than Gale, just saying.

  • LCTerrill

    Um, that was awesome. I agree with most of their points, and I’ve read the books.

  • Cara

    As a huge fan of the Hunger Games (books and movie, Jennifer Lawrence owns my straight heart), I don’t really agree with the trailer. I mean, the movie did leave out several major points (how Katniss really got the Mockingjay pin, Peeta’s amputated leg, etc.), but like the others said, this trailer was mean spirited. Oh, and the reason why District 12 had high tech television equipment was because they were forced by the Capitol to watch the games and/or important announcements from President Snow. I’m guessing it was provided to each citizen. Just thought I’d point that out ;)

  • Jules

    Awesome? (LOL)…no, I definetly wouldn’t describe it as awesome….calculated maybe,(timing wise, for a variety of reasons) but not awesome. I think the thing Screen Junkies are really pissed about is the fact that The Hunger Games did well with critics and box office and they are trying with their little trailer to change audience/critic perception. Thanks boys, the millions of fans who helped to bring in over 650 million dollars of box office receipts and the 85% worth of positive critical acclaim for Jennifer Lawrence and the film appreciate your efforts. Look, no film is perfect, really, I mean you can always find flaws but as has been noted, SG went on a nasty little tirade to rant about a film they hated to begin with and everyone who loved it, fans and critics alike are supposed to look at it in a drastically different light simply because Screen Junkies says so?. Nah, not for me and apparently the millions who are buying the DVD’s right now.

  • Nene

    Yea, I think they left out to many things, and sort of disjointed at times. I know you cant put everything in movies but some things would make it better. Her not finding water was so good it the book it made you thirsty, that could have been included, along with the other things mentioned. Peeta needed to be sicker and why didnt they have her drug him with the sleep syrup and then why didnt they have her give him a shot not a cream on his leg. I didnt feel as connected to the characters as I did in the book, I do agree with some of what the trailer says!! I do think LH should have been Peeta!!!

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