Victors at the Reaping


We had a totally different post all lined up pretty for today, but then we saw this and said “Oh wait! This visual indulgence from Yahoo! Movies requires ALL THE ATTENTION!

Feast your eyes:

It’s the freaking reaping scene, guys! I’m sure you could guess by the Justice Building and the giant Reaping Bowls on either side of them. There were some fans who guessed this was the District 11 scene, but as you can see, there are different outfits going on there:

District 11 Scene

Out of all the images to be released so far, this is our favorite. Why? Because it’s a big, sullen Eff You to the Capitol! We should expect no less from Katniss and Peeta, and it’s portrayed so perfectly.

Let’s start with the outfits: Effie, of course, is the pinnacle of fashion in an Alexander McQueen dress and Iris Van Herpen shoes, because she doesn’t know any other way. But unlike in the Capitol party still where we see Katniss and Peeta all dolled up with her, Effie sticks out like a sore thumb. See, our victors aren’t screwing around anymore. They’re not members of the Capitol, so they won’t dress like them. They’re dressing like the daughter of a coal miner and the son of a struggling baker (remember, Peeta’s family may be “merchant class”, but that’s still pretty damn poor by today’s standards) from District 12. She is IN a modified coal miner’s uniform. Yes, they look like they were dressed by Haymitch after a bender, but there’s a message behind it, dammit!

Then there’s the expressions! Katniss and Peeta are both doing the three-finger salute, well after it’s been established as a sign of rebellion that people have been killed over. They clearly don’t give a damn and it seems as if they’re spelling out the reasons why they think they’re going back into the arena and what they want people to do about it. They might as well be flipping the Capitol the bird! And THEIR FACES! No more Mr. Nice Peeta! These two are pissed and they’re not afraid to let the nation know it! Even the District 12 leaders in the background look kinda shocked by the motion.

Sure, we may be geeking out a bit, but tell us this still isn’t fabulous and we won’t believe you!

You Rock That Utility Jumpsuit, Katniss!
The Girl With The Pearl



  1. My initial reaction upon realizing that the reaping salute was not part of the book was literally “THAT IS SO COOL!”. I mean, it just fits their current situation so perfectly, and I can’t wait to see them tweaking this scene a little bit. If that makes me a bad book fan then I DON’T WANT TO BE A GOOD ONE.

    And their outfits… And those boots. If I wasn’t sold before (hint: I was), I’m sold now. I want to see this movie like yesterday. 🙂

  2. Love it. I saw this picture yesterday in a super small size so I didn’t realize it was THEIR reaping day, which does put the costumes in a different light too. I’m digging the shades of gray with rust and black.

    And since I already wrote a post after the trailer was released about CFMovie!Peeta having a tougher edge, I won’t expound more on it other than to agree with NO MORE MR. NICE GUY and Katniss looks mad enough that her transformation to eventual Mockingjay will be natural progression.

  3. This reminds me so much of the “black power salute” that triggered so much controversy at the 1968 Olympics; a quick Google search will give you info on that, if you want. I suspect the parallel is NOT a coincidence, either, considering the other historical parallels F-Law and company seem to be using (such as the D11 stills of PKs with snarling dogs, and showing D11 workers picking cotton, not fruit). And we’ve already compared a certain scene from the trailer to actual footage from the Arab Spring protests.

  4. Excellent analysis. Effie looks actually scared — and look at her tentative hand gesture. Perfect. And both of them in combat boots!! The creepiness of those giant empty reaping bowls. Haymitch has been chosen and Peeta has volunteered to take his place. And now Peeta and Katniss are ready to fight, angry as hell and no longer afraid to show it. Wow! I am thrilled with the emotion packed into this one shot.

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