The first traditional trailer for THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 is finally here!
That means two things:
- Congratulations Glenn, the winner of our Third Anniversary Guess The Trailer contest! He won a Catching Fire fan camp poster signed by Josh Hutcherson, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, and Jeffrey Wright!
- OMG IT’S TRAILER REACTION TIME!
So watch the trailer again and prepare for pure, exuberant fangirl reaction!
Remember, our reaction posts get kinda long, so most of this baby is under the cut! Also.. SPOILERS. DUH. (All screencaps courtesy of Jabberjays.net!)
IN WHICH THE TRAILER DARKENS OUR SOULS
The Girl With The Pearl: Let’s start with the usual– describe the trailer in one word!
There Them Eyes: Teasing
JJ: You took mine… I’ll say appropriate?
TGWTP: I’ll go with haunting. Which is not my usual direction with these, because trailers usually make me giddy.
JJ: Ok haunting is better But for me, it did its job. It set the stage for what the movie’s about.
TGWTP: Which is scary, messed up shizz
TTE: There’s nothing happy about Mockingjay… ok, wait… yes there are happy points, but it’s not full of as many light moments as the previous stories.
TGWTP: And yes, PSH was a big part of the haunting feel, though not the only reason for it
JJ: But no it didn’t make me dance around the room. It was much more dark. But yes, the subject matter here is a whole different level
TTE: Even the trailer music is somber.
PLUTARCH, COIN, AND A SHOWDOWN WITH FICTIONAL CRITICS
TGWTP: Where you surprised that they opened it with Plutarch and Coin?
JJ: Before I was spoiled?
TGWTP: Yes LOL
JJ: Yes, I was surprised with it. But I think it was a good choice. So much of the movie is Plutarch and Coin’s planning.
TTE: Pleasantly surprised. Oh, wait.. I was the only one who was surprised?! This is what happens when you work all day, and don’t spend a lot of that time searching Twitter!
JJ: Twitter is life, ok?
TTE: Twitter is… yeah, I’ll leave my Twitter opinions at the virtual door.
TGWTP: Maybe it’s just me, but I got the feeling Coin will be more openly eeeeevil in the films. She had one line and I was like “YOU DECEITFUL WENCH!”
JJ: Hmm. Yes, maybe they don’t want there to be any doubt that she’s a baddie to avoid confusion for those non-book readers
TGWTP: True. Anyone who sees her as ambivalent or possibly decent will be raging about the end.
TTE: I think having Coin and Plutarch being the first characters we see in the trailer is a very strategic move. It’s playing both on the mythology of the series, which will make fans happy. But to newbies, seeing Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman is a draw, sort of like “Whoa, it’s those people! They’re in this… take my money!!”
JJ: TAKE THIS MOVIE SERIOUSLY!
TTE: Stop calling it the next WHATEVER! If you want to call it the next Star Wars… sure, fine– but stop with the teen drama comparisons.
TGWTP: You’re not too cool for fantasy, jackass!
TGWTP: I love yelling at this fictional critic person!
TTE: Fictional critic person looks like a troll and we love to poke him.
THIS REBELLION IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE X-FILES
TGWTP: Anywayyyyy… Next, we get district drama! Starting with— How long do you think it would take a person to pull off that crop circle?
TTE: One night.
JJ: It was not people. It was aliens. Plot twist!
TGWTP: OMG DISTRICT 13 IS FULL OF ALIENS MASQUERADING AS PEOPLE!
JJ: Explains a lot, right?
TGWTP: And how did they get it so accurate?!
TTE: How you make a crop circle accurately: You take geometry in high school, ace it, and then use those skills. I learned this from The X-Files.
JJ: Or aliens.
TGWTP: That was probably the only part of the trailer that allowed me to be happy. Death, depression, distrust, CROP CIRCLE!
JJ: Yes, that was a bit weird now that you mention it, but a cool effect.
TTE: I know I think I texted JJ, like “Well, that crop circle thing is pretty cool.”
HOW NOT TO AVOID SPEEDING BULLETS
TGWTP: But back to the angsty stuff! I’m glad they got Snow and his evil deeds in there as a counterweight.
JJ: No ambiguity here. Lots of guns and theoretical bloodshed
TTE: And dirty people.
JJ: I’m amazed at the people still wondering if this will be rated R. No, people.
TTE: Yeah, well– as long as the blood is the wrong color we’re all good.
TGWTP: Apparently one district– I’m guessing 7– is full of crazy parkour tree climbers
JJ: I never heard about Johanna’s tree climbing skills. Only Katniss gets that glory.
TTE: I think Johanna just worked in the saw mill, and chopped wood at home. Or… who the hell knows?
TGWTP: But they weren’t just climbing. They were like… dominating the trees buy just flying up there!
TTE: Lumberjacking is now considered a sport. I know this, I live in lumber country.
JJ: It didn’t seem like a really effective hiding method from bullets though. Like, good effort, but I don’t think that will save you.
TGWTP: Seriously! Wouldn’t hiding behind the massive trees be more useful?
JJ: I think in that situation they’re all screwed.
TTE: But it looks cool in film, and that’s what matters!
JJ: Yes, it looks cool in the teaser trailer, let’s put it in. I wonder if all of this will even make it in to the final cut of the film
TTE: It might not, you never really know!
TGWTP: I think the Catching Fire-esque shot of the guys about to be executed will, but maybe not parkour tree people
TGWTP: Execution style shooting are practically Francis’ signature in the films, now!
TTE: Yes, and I don’t begrudge him their usage in the slightest.
TGWTP: No, they’re scary as hell!
A REMINDER THAT INFLUENTIAL YOUNG CHARACTERS ALWAYS DIE
TGWTP: And then, after Snow scares the bejesus out of us with WAR, we get Eddy!
JJ: And Eddy talks this time. Unlike in the books where he just looks very sad
TGWTP: And he was like 8-years-old in the books.
JJ: No, more drama to have him challenge Katniss.
TGWTP: Talking, with a manageable injury, and older so that people aren’t scarred by the idea of him being hurt.
TTE: Hey, but the roof still caves in, anyway!
JJ: I wonder if they will show that the whole hospital is destroyed (with the people in it) during the films
TGWTP: MY HEART. I’m sure they will. Bloodless, but there will still be people inside
TTE: If they don’t… it’ll be a major plot hole.
JJ: See all these people. Aren’t they sympathetic? Dead!
THE NEW DISTRICT CITY OF BERLANTA
TGWTP: Also, the exterior shots MTV and the like are attributing to D13 are definitely D8. The hovercraft stops next to a building with a giant H FOR HOSPITAL on the roof!
JJ: Yes, silly MTV
TTE: You mean the bit with the water tower?
JJ: And it seems some of District 8 is actually Berlin. Not just Atlanta.
TGWTP: Nice. I like that they worked in both so it’s not all what you’d expect from one place
TTE: Well, I don’t know about you but when I think District 8… I think Berlin.
TGWTP: I think of my industrial revolution hometown because I’m still bitter than they didn’t film in the area as rumored.
TTE: I’m bitter they didn’t come up here to film District 7 portions.
JJ: I was wondering if the District 8 Berlin stuff was reshoots– that they weren’t happy with what they got in Atlanta so they tried filming some additional things at the end. I still don’t think it’s a great excuse for the fact that this is a teaser trailer debuting at the end of July.
TTE: I get the feeling we’re going to get a lot of pieced together shots that span continents in reality.
TGWTP: I’m trying to give Francis a break because I’m sure he wanted to be involved in the trailer creation and was very busy with filming/post. Next year? NO MERCY.
JJ: No mercy at all.
TTE: Nope, and none of this delaying for months on end! Movie’s still out in November, no excuses anymore.
OH YEAH, THE MOCKINGJAY IS HERE TOO, BITCHES!
TGWTP: So how did Jennifer Lawrence do with her four words right at the end?
TTE: Pitch perfect. Totally damaged.
JJ: She broke my heart, as per usual.
TGWTP: We’re lucky. Because how many actresses can pack that much punch in FOUR WORDS?
TTE: There’s a reason she’s got an Oscar.
JJ: I love how she captures Katniss. So good. Every time.
THE RETURN OF EMO FACE
TGWTP: Okay, anything else we should mention about the trailer?
JJ: Oh, yes, Gotta have a shot of Gale.
TTE: We need to talk about emo face Gale.
TGWTP: The return of emo face Gale, really! He got more determined-faced in CF, but this is back to emo face
TTE: It’s his one face… leave him alone! He can’t help it if he’s got one emotion!
JJ: Katniss was thinking about Peeta. He gets the emo face. Come on.
TTE: Is this him in 8, looking at the destruction?
TGWTP: Maybe he is looking at D8 destruction. Or one of many other horrific moments… Now I feel bad!
TTE: I get that face when I think about Peeta.
JJ: No. It’s Peeta. Did Gary Ross teach you nothing?
TTE: Gary Ross taught me tons. TONS.
TGWTP: But if JJ is right and that’s a Katniss/Peeta reaction, I’m gonna die laughing
JJ: Unfortunately, we all will. In seriousness, I hope it is in reaction to something in the field and not Katniss troubles.
TTE: We won’t be laughing come Part Two though.
TGWTP: Shhhhh! You’re ruining one of few non-angsty moments!
JJ: They just put him in ‘cause he’s so pretty, ok?
TTE: I’m totally fine with that. But if there’s a gratuitously added shirtless scene, I’m going to start throwing red vines.
JJ: I’m not complaining. I need that sometimes
TGWTP: Pretty people do make it easier to watch mass destruction.