During Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards, the first official teaser trailer for Catching Fire made its world debut. And it was the best distraction from a First Amendment paper I could have ever asked for. Since I’ve already watched it upwards of five times voluntarily, I figured a breakdown of the trailer (and predictions of what is to come) would be in order.
1. The Nitty Gritty
While The Hunger Games was a grounded realization of the first novel, the film still had a safe, candy-coated feel to it. Catching Fire seems to have burst that bubble completely. Violence (against the elderly, I might add), graffiti, police riots, flag burning; it was almost like an Occupy movement.
2. Fashion Police
I totally called this one. Futuristic peacekeeper uniforms, structured detailing, oxblood suits, and JENNIFER LAWRENCE IN THAT SULTRY BLACK DRESS. Those fiery red shoulder pads. Ba. Nanas.
3. The casting is on POINT
As if this franchise didn’t have enough talent, Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman joins Catching Fire as new Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. And Donald Sutherland just keeps getting more sinister as President Snow.
4. What’s love got to do, got to do with it?
Everything. But this isn’t your run-of-the-mill love triangle. One guy feeds your family though everyone else in your hometown is starving. The other guy saved your life in an arena full of murderous teenagers. Is there an option for Brotherwives?
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