My Hunger Games Teaser Trailer Reaction Post
It’s like this. I was excited. Like I sat through the brain-destroying, soul-crushing twaddle that is the VMAs because I was.that.excited.
I know a teaser trailer can have next to nothing in it, but come on, we’ve seen even LESS than nothing, so any look at Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch was going to rock my little book-to-film world.
Jennifer Lawrence comes onscreen talking about still filming in NC, and suddenly my husband is side-eyeing me HARD because I made some sort of crazy-fangirl quack and started doing the potty dance on the couch.
But my excitement would not be mocked. It.Was.Time.
And then, there it was. The Arena. The Woods.
I felt my heart rate speed up, and my tears start to well. Oh yes, this is what I wanted to see. Katniss is running, hearing Mockingjays flutter by her … oh my yes.
Then I heard Gale’s voiceover, and I thought, “Okay, we got Gale, they’re about to show him talking to her at the reaping (YAY).” My expectation went like this: Gale voiceover —-> cut to Gale pep talking Katniss —-> cut to Peeta being swoony and awesome —-> cut back to Peeta and Katniss in the arena —-> devour trailer perfection. Needless to say, I was still ALL.In.With.This.Shizz.
But, but, Katniss just kept running. Gale just kept talking off screen. There was some fire. Lionsgate, what, what whatareyoudoing?
My irritation started growing. The more Katniss ran and Gale babbled, the less likely we were going to get awesome cuts to other scenes. And it dawned on me: WE ARE GETTING NO PEETA. NO PEETA AT ALL.
The Mockingjay flames up (much like the flames on the side of my face at this point), and Gale keeps blah blah blah-ing, and I want to die inside a little bit. That was less than we’ve seen from movie stills. AT LEAST give us what we got in the stills. Give the internet nerds something to screencap and obsess over for godssake.
So as I’m seething, and to be quite frank, feeling sorry for myself because I wanted more and didn’t get it, my husband (who hasn’t read the books, but knows I love them and am looking forward to the films) turns to me and says, “THAT’S what you’re so excited about? That looks like nothing. I don’t want to see that at all.”
You hear that, Lionsgate? A 29 year old man, who hasn’t read the books but enjoys movies in general, could not care less about seeing your highly-anticipated, (and filmed with the hopes of garnering his demographic) movie based on your underwhelming trailer. In other words, seeing your trailer last night, 24-35 year old males were all:
And your FANBASE, the ones who love the books, know the characters, and are dying to see them come to life onscreen: THOSE PEOPLE.WANTED.PEETA. Yanno how Haymitch and Flickerman and everyone else puts Peeta up front because he’s awesome and perfect and knows how to work an audience with his sweet ways and smart snark? Yeah. Works for the movie trailers too. And a little bit of swoony look of love wouldn’t have hurt either. Less of the nothing, little more of sumpin like this:
I’m not saying the movie is all about Peeta or their love story, of course it isn’t. But I don’t want to hear all the tripe about how true fans are content and grateful to see Katniss run and see snippets of the arena and hear Gale’s voice, and see her shoot an arrow. None of this, “Just be happy you got what you got and it looks good.”
Because I’ve seen plenty of teaser trailers for movies I would never want to see that sparked my interest. That made that movie look GOOD. That made a BAD movie look palatable. That KNEW EXACTLY WHAT FANS OF THE BOOK WANT TO SEE IN THE TRAILER. Ahem.
Yeah. When ^^^that movie franchise^^^ does something better than you, it’s time to regroup. Maybe fire someone. At the very least, do what I did:
PS - I have watched it twice since last night, and I have to say, I got a bit choked up. So, I’m fairly assured the movie will be awesome, but I just wish we got more out of the teaser.