Hunger Games Safe Trailer Is Out
Four month before its official release date (March 23rd, 2012) the Hunger Games trailer is finally out; alas the Disney feeling is more present than ever.
I have grown very tired of the sterilized Hollywood imagery and I am suspecting that my fatigue heavily affected my judgement on this one but Hunger Games already seems to present the same problem that In Time: a great concept -and in Hunger Games’ case, a great story- and a flat execution.
Despite having maestro Roger Deakins behind the camera and Andrew Niccol to direct it, In Time was this over the top clean movie, with a six-pack Justin Timberlake to embody a young man who’s been struggling to survive on a daily basis. So that didn’t work out very well.
I wasn’t expecting Gary Ross to go Steve McQueen on us, but you can’t expect an audience to believe that the characters are starving, struggling and dealing with life and death situations since they are born when they really just look like very well fed occidental sponsored by Nivea and Evian. If to get a PG-13 movie you need to erase its visual substance, then maybe it shouldn’t be a PG-13 movie.
Add to the trailer a dramatic score to cover a flat directing (you’re not a man of shadows Gary Ross) and you have me writing this article.
If you think I’m being dramatic, watch the trailer without the sound and appreciate the crisp image and the seen-it-a-million-times-before cutting narrative technique.