The new The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Exclusive Teaser Trailer has been released. If you know anything about The Hunger Games franchise you will be extremely excited to see it.
Several changes from the first film have occurred. Director Gary Ross who directed the first film has been replaced with Director Francis Lawrence who directed such films as Water For Elephants and I Am Legend. It is my impression from the trailer alone that this film, Catching Fire, will surpass the previous movie.
I was disappointed with the first movie over all. Particularly the costuming and makeup did not live up to my expectations. I read the books and they were okay. The writing was fine but not stellar but the idea, the storyline, was refreshing and different. (Not completely unique as many of you may remember reading “The Lottery” as a child) I saw the rare potential for the movie to surpass the book.
Ultimately the director is to blame. He, or she, is the captain of the crew and must lead them in the proper direction but Judianna Makovsky’s, Costume Designer of The Hunger Games, choices in costuming some rather lack luster and unflattering outfits left me wanting. Glenn Hetrick and Ve Neill, Expert Judges from the TV show Face Off, were the prosthetic makeup effects designers and creators. Ve Neill lead the team but was at the mercy of her director and costume designer. In interview she has stated that she was left to create her ideas without seeing the costuming first. Then in creative meetings she was told to tone it down and dial it back. Tone it down?! Are you kidding me? If you have read the book then you well know that the oddities within The Capitol are crucial to the story line. The heroine of the story, Katniss, is appalled at how the people there look. I felt that the makeup was not taken far enough in the first film.
Trish Summerville (seen above with her release of a photo of the wedding dress) is the costume designer for Catching Fire and already from the trailer I see a marked improvement both in costuming and makeup. Ve Neill has returned for this film but I think it is evident that she has been allowed to elevate her interpretation of the book. It is my hope that Francis Lawrence also improves the viewers experience watching the “games”. I do see that they are using hand-cam in the trailer but it is my hope that it isn’t over used with excessive quick cuts.
If you haven’t watched the trailer do so and judge for yourself. I know where I will be on the 22nd.