Soon after hitting Hall H at Comic-Con on Saturday, Lionsgate unleashed the first full-length trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Even if you were at SDCC and missed the exclusive panel, this theatrical trailer is plenty enough to have you excited for the film’s release this November 22. But beware, if you haven’t read the books, this trailer might just ruin a very meaningful plot-point. After the jump, watch the trailer at your own risk.
For those that have not read the books, the previous teaser trailer and synopsis have hinted at a revolution sparking up in Panem thanks to Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence). Catching Fire begins right where we left off. After the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) must embark on a grueling publicity tour to visit every district. But with the 75th Hunger Games – the Quarter Quell – already on his mind, President Snow (Donald Sutherland) has special plans that will change the world of Panem forever.
Every Quarter Quell there is a special instruction for the games to add some pizazz for the audience. In the the first Quarter Quell (the 25th Hunger Games) each district had to vote for their tributes; and in the second Quarter Quell (the 50th Hunger Games) there were twice as many tributes from each district reaped. In the book it is never revealed what the stakes would be in the 75th Hunger Games until a third of the way through the book, and I believe this trailer really ruins the surprise. In the book the reveal of the games comes as a surprise to the reader. So if you don’t want to spoil yourself, don’t watch the trailer below.
But for anyone who has read the books or for those who want to know what the 75th Hunger Games is all about, this trailer continues to set the dark tone of where this franchise is going. The teaser trailer has a great conversation between President Snow and Plutarch Heavensbee (Phillip Seymor Hoffman) plotting ways in which they could rid Panem of Katniss; this trailer continues that trend, but also gives fans some a reason to root for our hero. See for yourself:
You can definitely see that the production budget has been significantly increased. Everything looks very crisp. The districts have a little more personality. Catching Fire just looks like more of everything. I’m excited to see what they will show from each district, whether or not they give more depth to the world of Panem, and how insane the Quarter Quell will be. This book is definitely my favorite of the three and I hope they do it right. That includes no more shaky cam.
My real question about this trailer though is why they had to showcase what the Quarter Quell entails? They did a great job in the teaser hinting at the stakes in the conversation between Snow and Heavensbee. Why not continue down that route and keep the Quarter Quell a mystery? Sure that would only leave the marketing team the first third of the book to work with, but it would have been nice to have a few surprises left in the movie.
I can completely understand why they chose to reveal this information though: it gives the viewers more of a reason to care for the story, it shows Katniss must return to the arena to fight to the death against Peeta again, and you get a sense of the rebellion and what our heroes are fighting for. I’m sure it doesn’t really ruin anything for those who haven’t read the book, but if you do read the books after watching this trailer it ruins the experience of reading it for the first time.
If you watched the trailer and haven’t read the books, what part of the trailer most excited you?
If you have watched the trailer and have read the books, what did you like seeing come to life and do you think they should have revealed the special instructions for the Quarter Quell?
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters November 22, 2013.