Let me preface the following by ensuring my sanity. I am not crazy; I just take The Hunger Games book series very seriously. I’ll attempt to keep the spoilers to a minimum.
The Hunger Games trilogy will release its second installment November 22, 2013 with Catching Fire. Live at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards tonight, April 14, Liam Hemsworth, the film’s co-star, presented an exclusive debut of the sequel’s first trailer.
First of all, the wait time for the trailer was just ridiculous. They had this snazzy, minimalist website for just the trailer, boasting the exclusive premiere at 8 pm. They had a countdown and intense pictures. I got a little excited. So most of the tween world was sitting on the edge of their seats, nail biting in their polka dotted PJs while the clock ticked by marking the premiere. When it finally hit zero, no video was to be found. Not after 10 minutes, not after 30, not after 2 hours. Absolutely nothing. Naturally, I was pacing and smoking from the ears.
When the trailer finally came, it gave me a lot to think about.
Well, at least it wasn’t too full of spoilers. The trailer was awesome not because it made me jump up and down screaming in anticipation, although I am abnormally excited. They did an interesting job hinting at the book’s climatic plot twist, but not outwardly saying it. For the book fans, like myself, it also answers a question that many pondered and debated: Were any of the “Quarter Quells” random, or were they hand selected for the current state of the nation?
The trailer seems to be following the book pretty closely, though the scenes they featured seemed fairly more dramatic than in the book, especially in Katniss’s reactions. She’s screaming like a banshee the entire time. Come on Katnip, we know that’s not you.
The witty repartee between President Snow, played by Donald Sutherland, and Plutarch Heavensbee, played by the simply fabulous Phillip Seymour Hoffman, was the best part by far. The casual corruption was just so perfect. We hate that we love them.
Book lovers don’t need to fear for this film, I believe. This sequel looks like it may do what debatably only Toy Story has done before: have a sequel that is better than the first movie. We can only hope that the odds are ever in our favor!