Contains mild spoilers but not, in my opinion, anything that would ruin the film.
The full trailer for the second film in the Hunger Games Trilogy (of four films), Catching Fire, has been released! You can watch it here.
I’m really excited for this film for the reasons I mentioned in my write-up for the teaser trailer back in April. You can never fully judge a film by its trailer, which is in many ways an artform of its own, but I think we can glimmer a bit of insight into how Catching Fire may differ from The Hunger Games from it. We know it’s being directed by Francis Lawrence, replacing Gary Ross – he certainly has a tough act to follow – who, I’m guessing, appears to be taking a more cinematic approach to the film. Ross intentionally made The Hunger Games a rough, very handheld adventure from Katniss’ viewpoint. Perhaps as the story begins to take a larger significance and move away from being solely Katniss’ experiences this is the natural route.
I’m also pleased that the trailer appears to be focusing on the message of the story. There’s a temptation to glamourise the film, discuss Effie Trinket’s stunning fashion style (which completely defeats the point of her; she’s supposed to be hideous), and turn this into a Twilightesque love story. Instead the trailer emphasises that trouble is brewing in Panem – that the social order is slowly beginning to catch fire from the spark Katniss provided.
That said, I have one issue with the trailer. Structurally the novel is very similar to the first book, so therefore the film will inevitably be too. This is fine – the events occur under completely different circumstances and have different significance. However in the trailer, for simply a casual viewer of the films it will appear in some ways to be a carbon copy of the first film, with even the very same shots and lines being included. Again, when you actually watch the film (I hope) each of these scenes should highlight a difference, but it’s difficult to get that across in the trailer. This is why it’s possibly a mistake to focus entirely on the first half of the film, though I can appreciate why the action-packed second half is being kept under wraps.
I can’t wait to watch it, anyhow! *cough* IN EDINBURGH *cough*.