As someone who hasn’t read any of The Hunger Games books and probably won’t any time soon (too much other stuff to get through, y’know) I’ve been leaving most of the news breaks related to the film to Germain and others who can contextualize the information.
But I’ve got to jump in at some point, and what better place than now, as Lionsgate is releasing more and more images to the public? Because this is the point where uninformed non-fans such as myself will start forming an opinion about the film. And what I see from The Hunger Games so far looks just a bit like a Lost-themed Abercrombie & Fitch photo shoot.
Check out three new stills from the film below.
So once again we’ve got Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne.
I’ll say this for what we’re being shown so far: given that I know the story takes place in some dystopian future society, I like seeing that it features these overgrown and/or rundown environments. That seems a lot more appropriate to me, based on the premise alone, than some wildly-designed futuristic urban sprawl. (Maybe we’ll see that sort of thing, too? Remember: this is from a Hunger Games newb.)
And liking the environments and cracking that the photos look like Lost and Fitch don’t have to be mutually exclusive; these pics are just so self-consciously composed. But they’re promo shots, and that’s just the nature of such things. Waiting for the trailer to make any real judgement.
The Hunger Games chronicles a dystopic Capitol which requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl, forced to participate in the annual “Hunger Games,” a fight-to-the-death live televised event. Katniss Everdeen’s little sister is chosen in the lottery to participate and Katniss volunteers to take her place. Although persevering through hardship is commonplace for Katniss, she must start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love in order to win the games and return home.
The film opens on March 23, 2012. [EW]