Monday, April 15, 2013

Catching Fire Trailer

In case anyone's curious about what I think of the trailer to the movie for one of my all-time favorite books...

Let me preface this by saying that I know (and love) that books and film are two entirely different types of media, faced with their own challenges, benefits, and drawbacks, which influence the story being told. And I celebrate that the "same" story told in a book and a movie is never the same; in fact, they are two different stories that happen to be extremely similar, and I think it's great.

First drawback to the trailer, which I know was probably a spoilers-avoiding choice, is that my favorite thing about the second book is nowhere in it: the arena. Fair enough. You don't want people to know about that yet; I get it.

The second problem: half the trailer was spent beating us over the head with something that is just implied in the book. (That the card drawn for the Quarter Quell could have been planned all along by President Snow and Plutarch Heavensbee, but everyone thinks - or is supposed to think - that it was written 75 years prior, and this is completely coincidence.) This is something I fully expected to be treated the same way as in the book. Katniss would have a sneaking suspicion that this was done to punish her, we get a line or two from President Snow that indicates that this is the case, and we move on.

Snow's lines at the end ("they all think they're invincible") do a good job of setting up what will either be vague trailers showing us kind of what happens, or at least the big awesome secret of the movie.

The scene where the Peacekeepers have to drag Katniss away in District 11 looks EXACTLY the way I pictured it, so that's nice, I guess.

I'm hoping they aren't doing too much with Prim before the third movie. Just a little explanation (since we didn't hear Katniss say over and over in the first that her mom and sister are the healers in the family, I guess it needs to be explained now, to make the third make a little more sense).

So that's what I think. I look forward to re-reading this as new trailers - and, eventually, the movie - come out.

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