Welcome to another trailer reaction post! If you’ve never seen one of these before, the Victor’s Village gang gets together whenever there’s a big reveal or event to discuss in detail, which typically melts down to insanity!
These posts are spoilery, likely typo filled, and LONG, therefore you’ll find most of it under the cut! Enjoy!
THE PUNCTUATION OF DOOM
The Girl With The Pearl: All right! Let’s start off with the first shot of the trailer…
TGWTP: VICTORS’ VILLAGE
Twiffidy: Yes! I cheered when they showed that.
Them There Eyes: They made it possessive plural.
TGWTP: I feel the need to change the punctuation everywhere on the site. But then our matches Suzanne Collins, so I won’t. I guess it depends on how you interpret it? Maybe Suzanne WANTED it to be a village for each individual victor? LOL
Them There Eyes: my screen was stuck on that frame for about an hour…. because Yahoo! Movies was being a dick. You can see my frustration being expressed in my Twitter feed. It was glorious.
Twiffidy: LOL I’m just wondering how that change came about. Was there someone really nitpicky about grammar in the production design team?
TGWTP: There must have been! They probably went back and forth with Suzanne on it, too!
Them There Eyes: Perhaps….
TGWTP: Also, I named our site after a ghetto. Starting to feel like I’m full of poor choices…
Twiffidy: It looks very dreary English
Them There Eyes: Ghetto… no way. Ghetto needs some put upon Jewish people living 8 to a room.
TGWTP: I wasn’t necessarily going for World War II ghetto, but the drift is there lol
Them There Eyes: I’ve said it a million billion times, it looks like 19th century/ Victorian era England… which is brilliant considering so many people pictured Victor’s Village to be ultra modern, and high end looking. Instead they’re probably some of the oldest standing buildings in the District.
Twiffidy: And compared to the Seam, it must be ultra modern.
Them There Eyes: I dunno, The Seam seemed (ha), to be mostly shacks from the Teens and ’20s in style. The Victorian era, style wise pre-dates the Seam in that sense then.
TGWTP: Katniss is essentially walking into a Victorian horror novel!
Twiffidy: Also did you notice the scene following with Katniss and Prim is in Victors’ Village? I always assumed it was in the forest.
Them There Eyes: Yes… poor girls trying to forage in the Village. There is no life in that place…
Twiffidy: Imagine Haymitch lived there all by himself for YEARS
Them There Eyes: No wonder he started drinking. I personally can’t wait to see if they keep Haymitch’s place a total sty.
FORGET MOCKINGJAYS… WHERE ARE THE GIANT BABIES?!
TGWTP: Moving on, I’m so impressed by the imagery in this trailer, especially art as a form of protest. That Mockingjay in the train tunnel? I NEARLY CRIED.
Them There Eyes: Yes… I think we can all agree that we let out a collective gasp when we saw that Mockingjay painted in the tunnel. That, or got shivers.
Twiffidy: It’s a great issue to present since, of course, the creativity in the districts and artistic expression would very much have been stifled
Them There Eyes: It’s pastry flowers and knitted stolls… that is the extent of artistic expression in the Districts.
TGWTP: I hope there’s more. Like Banksy art of crazy proportions.
Them There Eyes: A giant baby painted on a wall in District 7?
TGWTP: Why not?!
Them There Eyes: No, no… giant baby with a white beard!
WELCOME TO THE NEXT GENERATION!
Them There Eyes: Can we please talk about how the bullet train finally looks like it’s from hundreds of years in the future… finally. Not purchased from Japan circa 1999.
TGWTP: YES. I am so happy that we are finally IN THE FUTURE.
Twiffidy: Lol so many upgrades for the Capitol in just a year
TGWTP: Ratings in the last Hunger Games were phenomenal. Their budget skyrocketed!
Them There Eyes: I do like though that they kept the same vista when they enter the Capitol. Continuity is nice, but it feels like they added so many more buildings into that skyline.
TGWTP: One thing I’ve enjoyed from this movie so far is that the sets don’t look like sets, which is the case with the first movie.
Them There Eyes: Yes! No more 3 walled sets! Sometimes it felt a bit like looking at Original Star Trek… which had no budget.
WHAT ARE WE SALUTING AGAIN?
TGWTP: Have you guys heard people talking about the District 12 salute and what they think of? Crazy responses!
Them There Eyes: Nazi salute?
TGWTP: I’ve seen people say it looked like the Black Power salute too. I don’t think the Nazi angle was what we’re going for. It only seems to be J-Law with her arm out to the side in that one shot. It’s crazy to think people compare Katniss to a Nazi, probably because Jen’s arm was sore.
Them There Eyes: That was Katniss losing it and saluting at the same time… I reserve the right to not look too deeply into any social/ historical connections… Girl’s been given a potential death sentence.
TGWTP: Meanwhile, I’m over here reciting the Girl Scout pledge
Twiffidy: Now that’s what I see!
TGWTP: Because if the arm was lowered, that is the Girl Scout salute
Them There Eyes: Never was a girl scout, they probably wouldn’t have taken me.
TGWTP: I was a Girl Scout and a Girl Scout camp counselor at one point. They’ll take anybody.
LETTING OUR SCIENCE FICTION FLAG FLY
Them There Eyes: Shall we talk about some of the other upgrades?
TGWTP: Yes! What were the other upgrades you guys loved?
Them There Eyes: COSTUMES!
Twiffidy: The training room!
Them There Eyes: Jacked up training room was pretty snazzy, I do say.
TGWTP: Both were hugely different, but in such positive ways.
Twiffidy: 24 victors need more advanced training equipment!
Them There Eyes: Yep, pretty much every “upgrade” also seemed to put the franchise firmly into the science fiction category.
TGWTP: One thing that gets me is the “trained killers” bit. They’re technically no more trained that Katniss or Peeta… unless they’ve continued killing people since winning their games?
Twiffidy: Oh he says “experienced killers”
Them There Eyes: I always thought of Brutus and Enobaria as people who would have gone home and possibly taught in the super secret tribute training academies.
TGWTP: But oh man, Johanna. DAT AXE. And dat ass, but mainly DAT AXE.
Them There Eyes: And Gloss and Cashmere are supposed to be barely out of their teens so…. they still have healing flesh wounds probably.
TGWTP: I’m starting to love Gloss and Cashmere, even though I want to place her in front of a pole every time I see her interview outfit.
Twiffidy: Also the hovercraft looks WAY snazzier this time around
Them There Eyes: The Hovercraft looks like something from Deep Space Nine.
Twiffidy: Which is more what I was envisioning
Them There Eyes: Yep.
TGWTP: It does! Aaaaaand I love it even more with that reference.
Them There Eyes: Lettin’ my science fiction fan flag fly. Watch out… I may bring up Voyager.
REVOLUTIONARIES WHO DON’T SIT ON HILLS
TGWTP: So how about more Gale in this trailer? I’ll admit I’m a Peeta girl myelf, but I really enjoy the additional Gale showing up in here.
Twiffidy: I’m just glad Liam gets to do more
TGWTP: Me too. Liam just seems so damn huggable!
Them There Eyes: Face it…. They needed to flesh out Gale’s role. So if anyone’s going to continue to freak out about him having more screen time… take it up with every single screenplay writer on the planet.
TGWTP: And where this trailer showcases tension and Gale has a lot of that built up, he’s used perfectly!
Them There Eyes: Yes, no more sitting on a hill looking sad.
Twiffidy: I’m glad they’re really hitting the “Gale the revolutionary” part of his character in the trailer. It needed to happen
Them There Eyes: Yay… set up for Mockingjay!
THE SNOW-DOWN… HOPEFULLY WITH COOKIES
TGWTP: And set up for the KATNISS VS. SNOW SCENE! I flailed. So happy that is still happening, because it’s the pivotal moment in the series for me.
Them There Eyes: And look at all the pretty furniture! …Sorry.
Twiffidy: That scene had me sold on Snow as a villain. In the books I mean. And so I’m really excited to be able to see it played out
Them There Eyes: I want to see her try and eat a cookie in his presence and then try not to choke.
TGWTP: I hope there’s a moment where he’s all calm about the cookie but his eyes say “EAT THE COOKIE, DAMMIT! I DARE YOU.”
Them There Eyes: And then it’s just saw dust in her mouth, and she’s like, “This is so yummy…” but her face is all, “I can’t swallow. Throat closing.”
HOW TO CHEER UP A FASHIONISTA
TGWTP: And then we jump to THE REAPING
Them There Eyes: Effie has a soul!!!
TGWTP: Seriously, what would you guys give to make Effie smile again after that shot of her single tear?
Them There Eyes: A cookie.
TGWTP: Because I’m all like “Don’t cry, Effie! I’ll make it better, I promise!” As if I can save a ficitional character.
Them There Eyes: Hey… Effie lives. Can’t fret too much about her.
Twiffidy: I think that’s really touching upon the whole thing with even the Capitol citizens aren’t all right with the Quarter Quell. Seeing that distress in Effie who was so cheerful about reaping some children last movie really shows that things have changed.
Them There Eyes: Also… it’s getting hard for her to get soap.
TGWTP: So she’s depressed because she doesn’t smell good?
Them There Eyes: That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.
SHOWDOGS AND STRAIGHT TALK
TGWTP: Does Haymitch seem drunker to you guys? I think I’m seein’ it, but it could just be my imagination!
Them There Eyes: No, he does… and it works. I guess he really lets it go when he’s at home.
TGWTP: It does work! I needed Haymitch to be more of a mess.
Them There Eyes: Also… I think they got Woody a better wig.
TGWTP: YES. Less poof! More grunge and less showdog
Them There Eyes: Yes… The last one was his showdog wig. This one’s his, put-something-on-my-head-it’s-cold wig.
Them There Eyes: We need to talk about Peeta.
TGWTP: Oh, Peeta. He’s showcased well in this one. All wounded and leaving the audience with questions.
Them There Eyes: And finally getting across to the non-book readers that the relationship was an act!
TGWTP: Yay! Hopefully, it’s not too late and they’re not too terribly confused. That’s my one major peeve with the first film. It would have taken ONE LINE.
GIVE US DEATH OR GIVE US DEATH!
TGWTP: Okay, now is the time to get out any and all Cinna feels!
Twiffidy: Knowing what we know about the book, Katniss coming up the tube is so gut-wrenching
TGWTP: Her face pains me so. But in the best way possible. Which may make me really messed up…
Them There Eyes: I’m oddly looking forward to seeing Cinna being well… y’know.
Twiffidy: Yes. The sick need to see how exactly they dispatch Cinna.
TGWTP: I KNOW, RIGHT? I feel like there’s something wrong with me because I’m thinking “It’ll be great when this guy is bludgeoned to death!” At least, that’s what happened in my fanon version of Catching Fire.
Them There Eyes: Yes… and judging from the way they’ve edited Gale’s whipping scene for the trailer, I’m assuming they do not hold back where it comes to beating Cinna to death.
TGWTP: Glad it wasn’t in the trailer though, we need some surprises. But Katniss’ face after was perfection.
Them There Eyes: Or… wait, doesn’t Cinna make it a bit longer, because they torture him for information?
TGWTP: Yeah, i think he dies via torture long after in the books. But on screen? BLUDGEONING!
WHAT IS THE WINGSPAN AND VELOCITY OF AN UNLADEN MOCKINGJAY?
TGWTP: Any other last thoughts before we wrap this gig up?
Twiffidy: OH! The dress!
TGWTP: OH DUH!
Twiffidy: Do you think they showed too much?
Them There Eyes: The massive dress with a five ft skirt! No…. gotta entice the newbs.
TGWTP: We haven’t seen the front, but I wish we didn’t get more of a reveal than the very start of the transformation. The wingspan is probably the most awesome feature and it’s already out there.
Twiffidy: I think the wings thing though will really intrigue people
Them There Eyes: Yeah… get those butts in those seats so we can have a doubled budget for the Mockingjay films. This means Jennifer will get an even cooler trailer, right?
TGWTP: That’s the thing now. My trailer expectations are THROUGH THE ROOF.
Them There Eyes: I meant dressing room trailer, but hey… cooler movie trailer works too.