Today I screamed a little bit, but not at anyone personally, just let out a sharp, shocked cry from my mouth. Why? ‘Cause, oh dear god… Plutarch Heavensbee! Yeah, yeah, you can hate on whatever the hell you want, nit-pick everything to within an inch of its life, and just be a complete knob, but today you can’t ruin my joy, because we got our first real, glossy, edited, official photo-stills from our new favorite film we haven’t seen yet, AKA The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Oh, and we also got the first Catching Fire Entertainment Weekly cover of 2013 revealed to us. But obviously that’s not what got us all screaming– nope, t’was the photo-stills. Yep, if you haven’t seen them, and also if you consider anything that shows costuming, hair styling, or pretty much anything from the film as a spoiler, read on at your own risk, ’cause I’m gonna gush all over you, and it won’t be pretty, also the photo-stills will be there, staring at you… judging.
This is the first still that was flashed before our eyes, and then a large majority of us started to flail like trees in the wind, but only on the inside– because face it, many of us were at work, or in school, or in public when these photos surfaced, so we had to reign it in for fear of freaking people out around us. So, there’s Finnick and Katniss in the training center, and to me at least, Sam looking fucking perfect (yes, that word was intentional, deal with it). Jennifer looks like she’s about to turn around and punch him in the face, which, yeah– equally perfect. What’s revealed in this photo is that the paparazzi shots of the cast milling about behind the set in Atlanta all those months ago, were in fact of everyone in their training center garb! Yay for our suspicions being confirmed! But, really– what else could they possibly have been? If you say arena costumes, you’re dead to me. Okay back to Sam, if you’re still not sold on him as Finnick– I don’t get it, and I probably never will, because he looks sexy, and handsome, and his hair is deliciously poofy, it’s also the right color bronze, not too orange, not too brassy, he’s tanned, and he’s toned. I’ve seen Sam pull off this flirtatious/ provocative stance before though (see White Heat), and trust me, guys– he’s really, really good at it. So, please stop worrying, it wreaks havoc on your skin, believe me I know. What this photo-still makes me feel is this though, I can’t wait to hear him say horribly illicit, but still rated PG-13, things in her ear. Speaking of PG-13, or getting by with that rating, Sam confirms in the article that the infamous strategically placed fish net costume has made the cut. So, to Sam– you are a brave, brave man, and in my humble opinion you can’t screw it up, so please relax, put your feet up, and go watch some footie, hell– make it a fiesta footie night!
The next photo-still I saw was this one. To which I believe my reaction was, “I want to have the costume designers babies.” And I’m not even into babies. But seriously, to me the costume designs that have been revealed to us over the last few months has been superior to that which we were subjected to in The Hunger Games, it’s like the woman read the books, and the message got through to her “THIS STORY TAKES PLACE IN THE FUTURE!” I see futuristic in this photo, not only in the almost reptilian Peacekeeper costume, with that angular textured breastplate, and completely anonymous helmet and visor, but also in the combinations of fabric used in Katniss’ blue dress. Leather and silk and/or satin is not a common combination now, and I don’t think it ever has been, so it works– it takes us out of our own everyday denim, and rayon. And then there’s Peeta’s long coat with leather details, but it’s the cut of it that screams “NOT 2013!” Which is what I’ve been craving ever since I saw Katniss wearing a prom dress from Jessica Mcclintock as her interview dress. Must be said as well, Josh looks very very handsome in this shot. What’s happening in the photo though, that’s important as well– my guess is they’re in District 11, and Katniss has just spotted Rue and Thresh’s family. Peeta’s being stoic, and strong, but Katniss is seemingly about to break, and, I love it– that is all.
Now, this is the one that made me scream, oops almost wrote cream, but that’s simply not the case, and also… ew. I was not expecting a photo of Plutarch, this is why I screamed. Now, I’m just going to say it, I like the conservative look they’ve given Plutarch, I think it says that he means business, that he’s a traditionalist, which to President Snow probably translates to “you won’t defy me, you’re totally trust worthy, yay me!” Plutarch is blending in, which makes perfect sense, because he is playing both sides as we all know. About the suit though, it’s an understated purple jacquard, that looks like it’s interwoven with silk, so– hello expensive, and also again, Trish got the future setting! And then I noticed his coat, it’s patterned as well in a light check, so not only is he blending in, but he’s secretly brave when you think about his bold choices in mixing patterns. And then there’s Haymitch, what I like about Haymitch is that Trish (the costume designer), took what Judianna did (The costume designer for The Hunger Games), and kept Haymitch’s style continuous. Yes, while I’m not a big fan of what Judianna did with many, many things– Haymitch’s costuming was neither here nor there for me, so keeping with the smart ties, and tails works. It doesn’t blow me over though, it just kind of comforts me, like “hey, it’s Haymitch– he looks like Haymitch!” Although it’s not as if I expected Trish to throw out everything that was established in The Hunger Games, that would just confuse the children. I love this photo-still, it reeks of the Capitol, and it smells like fruity wine, and fake smiles.
All right, that’s all folks– there are three other photo-stills that were revealed, but these were the most interesting to me. Oh, and is it November yet?
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