If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent the better part of this morning watching and then rewatching the impressive first theatrical trailer released for “The Hunger Games.” With 2012 overrun with big budget epic superhero movies like “The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Amazing Spider-Man,” it’s hard not to get excited for a truly great young adult novel to be adapted into what looks to be an equally impressive action-packed movie that caters to all ages and all genders.
“The Hunger Games” trailer did a good job of giving away just enough of the story to get the uninitiated hooked, but also giving fans just enough to get their appetites whetted. The trailer is filled with plenty of great, chill-inducing scenes to get excited over, but we pulled out our five greatest moments to examine below. See if you agree, and let us know your own favorite parts in the comments section below.
Katniss volunteers as tribute
I double dog dare you not to at least get chills at this scene. Katniss’s 12-year-old younger sister Prim gets her name picked as one of two tributes from District 12, and Katniss volunteers herself in Prim’s place. For an all-out battle to the death. If that’s not sisterly affection at its finest, I don’t know what is. Jennifer Lawrence definitely proves her worth in this movie in that scene alone.
There are plenty of exciting actors and actress who have come on board “The Hunger Games,” the most colorful of the bunch is definitely Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket. Banks is known best for her work as a comedian, so it should definitely be a shock for her fans when they see her as the heavily-makeuped, overly enthusiastic and somewhat daft Effie, the escort for District 12’s tributes. She gets more screen time in the trailer than any of the other adult stars in the film, and for good reason.
The other tributes
Though they don’t all get their own introductions in the trailer like Katniss and Peeta do, the 22 other tributes competing in the 74th annual Hunger Games do get their time in the spotlight as well. Katniss shares a glance with Rue, her closest ally other than Peeta in the Games. Cato and the rest of the terrifying Career Tributes are hard at work practicing in the training galleries. And then there’s that final mad dash to the Cornucopia at the very end. Each of the tributes will likely get a TV spot or their own individual teaser trailer somewhere down the line, but for now we’re happy with them just being a group that likely means death for our heroine, Katniss.
The Mockingjay pin
There’s a reason the third book in “The Hunger Games” series is called “Mockingjay.” Though it’s only a brief moment in the trailer, it’s exciting to see Prim hand Katniss her Mockingjay pin. If you look closely at Katniss in the later scenes, you can see the pin attached to her shirt. That pin ends up becoming Katniss’s symbol more than anything else in the series.
The Hunger Games
Personally, I’m glad Lionsgate only included scenes from the first half of “The Hunger Games” in this first theatrical trailer. There’s something in that final scene when Katniss and her fellow tributes do their mad dash to the Cornucopia to try to grab their weapons that inspires a serious amount of dread in the viewer. The knowledge that many of those tributes will soon be dead is almost better than actually showing them fighting one another to the death. And though the Games will likely be shown in upcoming trailers, for now that final shot of Katniss entering them is the perfect way to end the first theatrical trailer — and have us counting down the days until March 23, 2012.