I suffered through the MTV Video Music Awards last night in order to watch the teaser for The Hunger Games, since I do so love me Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of books and cannot wait to see how director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) adapts the first novel for the big screen. Before we get to the HG preview, however, I’ll mention the only other movie-related happenings during the telecast:
1) Will Ferrell, Jack Black, and Seth Rogen came on stage pretending to be the “Beastie Boys from the future”… and it was pretty darn lame.
2) Lady Gaga spent the entire show as her Italian alter-ego Jo Calderone, which has nothing to do with the world of film except for the fact that she looked like several famous movie characters, as American Idol‘s Ryan Seacrest proved beyond a shadow of a doubt here. So many people noticed the similarity between Jo and Karate Kid/Outsiders actor Ralph Macchio that “Ralph Macchio” started trending on Twitter, prompting the man himself to tweet: “I’m a trending topic right now thanks to @ladygaga on VMA’s! Respect.”
3) In happier and infinitely less bizarre news, multi-hyphenate Beyoncé (Dreamgirls, Obsessed) performed a song from her latest album and revealed that she is pregnant with her and hubby Jay-Z’s first child. I think that kid’s gonna have no choice but to go into the music biz!
OK, now onto The Hunger Games. I must admit that I was less than impressed with this teaser. All it had was Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) running around in the woods looking scared and a voiceover from Gale (Liam Hemsworth). I know they’re still filming and all, but what’s the point of premiering a teaser if the still shots that have already been released show more characters and give a much better feel for the look of the film? Who knows. But the good news is that the two other videos I’ve embedded below did get me really excited.
Kind of “meh,” huh? (Though I did get the chills at what I can only assume is Rue’s whistle at the end.) Now here’s the same thing all over again, only this time with pauses in the action so that Ross can give a bit more detail about what we’re seeing and hearing (and what else we will see and hear!):
But wait, there’s more! Here Ross is again, answering some “burning questions.”
OK, he’s convinced me that he really is a Hunger Games fanboy, so I’m content to forget about this teaser for now and wait for a more enticing, longer trailer in the months ahead, which better feature the mutts, the Capitol, and Stanley Tucci as Caesar since he kind of hyped them up for us!
Hunger Games fans, what did you think of these videos? Are you confident that Ross can bring your beloved characters, Panem, the Capitol, and the arena to life just as you imagined them when you were reading the books?
Redbox movies from the cast of The Hunger Games: