Hunger Games – New Pictures Are Out And…
A lot has happened since my last article about the adaptation of The Hunger Games, and retrospectively when it comes to the movie itself, not so much. All the actors have been casted and the Internet is buzzing around the recently revealed pictures of our two male leads: Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawtorne, respectively played by The Kids Are All Right Josh Hutcherson and The Last Song (yes, you read correctly) Liam Hemsworth. Few months back, right after the Oscar ceremony, we had learned that best-actress nominatee Jennifer Lawrence was going to play Katniss Everdeen.
[See full cast here]
But besides the casting we haven’t learned much. Although the release is (supposedly) scheduled for March 2012, the movie wasn’t present at Comic Con this year, if you exclude the Lionsgate booth where pins and posters were distributed. And the few pictures that have leaked from the set were a bit scary and didn’t reveal much about what is going on.
Fortunately, Entertainment Weekly is here to remind us that there is a movie in production.
Because I have read the books and I loved them, I cannot help but being disappointed by what I have seen so far. I am annoyed about the fact that they didn’t have enough money to turn Hutcherson into a blond instead of a dirty clear brown. I am annoyed about their clothes that look so plain and dull. And most of all, I am annoyed about the fact that they look like really well fed Westernian, and not at all like traumatized kids in a helpless dystopian world.
I was wondering how much my knowledge of the books was polluting my perception of the pictures and then I read Russ Ficher’s article in /Film and felt less lonely: ” (…) what I see from The Hunger Games so far looks just a bit like a Lost-themed Abercrombie & Fitch photo shoot.” Ficher, who’s never read the books, writes.
If Lionsgate’s goal was to boost up the hormones of the teenage girls fan-base, a quick look at tumblr will reassure their marketing department: it worked. This is all very PG-13 going full speed Melrose Place Love Triangle. Let’s just hope they won’t forget that this is a the adaptation of a book with a strong content, and beauty and youth won’t be enough.