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July 19, 2011

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Epic Hunger Games Poster Revealed

Posted by on Jul 19, 2011

Shortly after Jon’s review of Hunger Games went up two weeks ago, I picked up the series myself, and have hardly been able to put it down. I blazed through the first book in a little more than a day, staying up until 4:30am to finish it.  Besides making me largely useless at work that week, it has gotten me very excited for the upcoming film adaptation, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson.  Yahoo Movies stoked that fire (pun intended) earlier today when they revealed the brand new “motion poster” for the movie.  It features Katniss Everdeen’s iconic Mockingjay pin wreathed in flame, and is really freaking awesome.

(This is a pretty intense flash graphic so it might take a couple of minutes to load. It has been a bit fickle as I’ve been writing this post, so if for some reason it still isn’t working, head over to Yahoo to check it out)

See? Told you it was badass. Now I don’t know how the movie will turn out in the end, but I hear Lawrence was pretty great in Winter’s Bone, so that’s something for her.  I don’t know anything about Hutcherson except that he was in The Kids Are Alright and is going to be in the new Red Dawn remake (which means he’s OK in my book).  I did hesitate a little when I read that director Gary Ross is shooting for a PG-13 rating.  I’m not sure some of the absolutely terrible things that are in this series will carry the same weight if they have to be scaled back for the ratings, but we’ll see.

So what do you think?  Are you excited for the Hunger Games film franchise?  Someone who knows anything about either of these actors please chime in with your two cents, as I am clearly ignorant.

 

Update:  The comments have gotten quite spoilery, so avoid if you value your surprises.

  • Hmm… Not sure how I feel about the PG-13. Hunger Games is without a doubt a ‘young adult’ book, but as you say, its dark enough that I feel confident saying it’s not intended for 13 year olds.

    It would be great if the US had the ’15’ rating Britain does – it really fills a gap there.

    Also that poster is awesome… if only I could hang it up in my apartment.

  • Jon

    See, I am with you Wade.  I also think it is way different to read about kids killing kids than to SEE it.  It’s like Dragon Tattoo – when I read the book, the intense scenes with the guardian were rough – when I watched it (the Swedish version), I felt scarred, and had to look away a few times.   If they are true to the book, there is no way that it will get a PG-13 Rating. 

    However, with all of the comparisons of this series to Twilight (which really angers me – I do not see them on the same spectrum at all, minus the fact that they both have a teen female lead), I can only imagine that they will butcher it and dumb it down for the teen audience.  I guess I cannot completely blame them for that, as it is a huge hit amongst teens – but I will whine about it.  Despite that reservation, I am quite excited.  The scene of ‘Katniss – The Girl Who Was On Fire’ is going to be incredible, especially after seeing this poster. I will want a poster of THAT to hang in my apartment.

  • Tom

    While I would hope that they adapt the book faithfully (mutts and all), I know sacrifices will be made to accommodate a PG-13 rating.  Due to their expanded audience base, PG-13 movies are significantly more profitable, and Hollywood is a business.  I, too, will whine about it, but at this point, I’ve come to accept it.  And, you can still do quite a bit while staying within the PG-13 boundaries (see The Ring, The Dark Knight).

    But I do have a pretty big problem with the movie.  I’ve been hesitant to bring it up because I like her so much as an actress, but I’m really not feeling the casting of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss.  Yes, there are superficial problems.  Her complexion, her hair color, her build – all wrong for the character.  But, as we’ve seen in early photos, the makeup crew has fixed a lot of that, and her strength as an actress could definitely make it work.  My biggest problem with her (and other) casting is age.

    Seeing a bunch of 20-somethings killing each other isn’t going to horrify people.  For proof, see every action movie ever made.  For better or worse, we’re used to adults being violent (at least in film).  A large part of what’s shocking in books like “The Hunger Games” and “Ender’s Game” (noticing a title trend…) is that these are children committing acts of extreme brutality.  Neither Lawrence nor Hutcherson, who are both around 20, can convincingly (to me) look 16 (Katniss and Peeta’s age in the first book), and no amount of on-screen violence can make up for the loss of psychological impact that age difference causes.

    • You make an excellent point.  I have definitely considered this angle before as well.

      I am less worried about the characters of Katniss and Peeta, as I’ve definitely seen Hollywood make a 20-year old look 16 many times.  Still a potential issue, obviously, but not as much for me.  I’m much more concerned with Rue and Prim, as it is hard to get someone much older than twelve to look that age (with the exception of our own Jon, of course).  The scenes with Rue really are hard to take and if this is suddenly a young looking 16 or 18 year old, I don’t think it’s going to go over nearly as well.

      • Gus, the Pirate Dog

        To be fair, the girl playing Rue, Amandla Stenberg, is 13. And I would say that she looks young for a 13 year old. And Prim is being played by an 11 year old, Willow Shields. If anything, the more mature actors will make these two characters look even younger by comparison.

        My major worry is that they are going to blow the love triangle, already not my favorite part of the book, out of control in order to pander to the Twihards.

        • And they’re going to brutally kill an 11 year old? Is depicting something like that legal?

          Your Twilight point is valid… *shudder*

          • Jon

            Rue’s death is going to have to be more dramatic than it is brutal.  I felt like that was the case in the book as well – it is brutal simply because she is 12 years old, but it was NOT super Gorey.  I think Collins, who has also been a screenwriter in the past, took that into account while writing – with hopes that it would blow up big enough to make a movie of it.  And I agree, the young actresses for both Rue and Prim are young, and look even younger than their years.  It’s going to be very interesting how far they can push the envelope of having young children murdered on screen – while still keeping a PG13 rating.

            If they blow up the love triangle too much, I will be VERY disappointed. The love story is important, but only as a component of the whole plot.  If they make it bigger than it should be, this movie will be a flop.

            I personally think hutcherson has my disease – looking WAY younger than his years (thanks for the shout-out Wade).  Just looking at his IMDB pictures, he looks 15 or or 16.  And Katniss will not look too much older than 17 I think, when she is all made-up.  As long as they keep a decent amount of brutality, these movies (or at least the first one) are gonna rock. 

          • While I hate to admit it, I have to disagree with you on this. I don’t think the movie will be a flop at all if they blow up the love triangle portion. It will likely be hugely popular with the same twilight girls and make lots of money.