The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Trailer AnalysisApril 15, 2013
The trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire arrived at the MTV Movie Awards, and it’s awesome.
I love Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy. It’s certainly more than passable young adult fiction – it is a realistic, gritty and meaningful allegory on war and reality TV. Aside from that though, they are simply compelling stories.
Catching Fire, which one may call the trilogy’s equivalent to The Empire Strikes Back, is my personal favorite of the books. Thankfully, this trailer is showing promise for something truly memorable.
I liked the first movie, even though it had its problems. One of them was director Gary Ross’ stylistic choices, which proved to be effective in some cases, but the shaky camera work was disorienting – even maddening – in some of the action scenes. Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) has replaced him permanently for the rest of the franchise’s duration, and from what I can tell he was a solid choice for replacing Ross.
The footage shown in this trailer is dark, tense and gorgeous – and thankfully, all of those tones faithful to the novel are present without a lick of shaky cam. What also surprised me is that even with a different director, the artwork and overall look of Catching Fire is consistent with the previous film. I found this refreshing since the Harry Potter franchise fell prey to problems with consistency when Warner Bros. jumped from one director to the next.
The issue with this trailer is a minor one, bur it’s notable. Having read the novel, I can recall the crucial parts that of the story, and in this trailer some of Catching Fire’s most emotional moments are spoiled. Granted, some major plot twists are left out, but I was still disappointed that some plot points from the book are revealed in this trailer.
That said, if the final cut of Catching Fire lives up to the tone of its trailer, it will be something to be remembered.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens in standard and IMAX cinemas on November 22, 2013.