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Apr 14 2013 11:45pm

A Shot-By-Shot Analysis Of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Trailer (Spoilers)

Catching Fire teaser trailer MTV Movie Awards Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence Peeta Mellark Josh Hutcherson Plutarch Heavensbee Philip Seymour Hoffman District 11 Gale Hawthorne Liam Hemsworth Gale Katniss kiss

It’s here—the first teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire! Our first glimpse at the second film in Suzanne Collins’ dystopian trilogy aired during the MTV Movie Awards, and it looks pretty damn fantastic. It’s exciting to see Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen again, especially because we get such a keen sense of how much emotional torture she’s going to go through even before the major plot-driving twist of the second book is revealed...

[Warning: the post below contains some spoilers for those unfamiliar with the original books.]

In some ways, we saw so much more than the typical teaser trailer, but also less. Fans hoping to catch a glimpse of victors like Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) and Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) will be disappointed; the scenes are mostly taken from Katniss and Peeta’s (Josh Hutcherson) Victory Tour and the District 11 riot. That said, the dichotomy between their reality-TV existence in the Capitol and the injustices back home in District 12 is chilling.

Let’s break the trailer down:

 

Catching Fire teaser trailer MTV Movie Awards Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence Peeta Mellark Josh Hutcherson Plutarch Heavensbee Philip Seymour Hoffman District 11 Gale Hawthorne Liam Hemsworth Gale Katniss kiss

I really love how the movies show us so much of President Snow’s side of things. In the books we only saw through Katniss’ eyes how Snow stalked her, but here we get a true sense of how early on he’s identified her as a threat.

Catching Fire teaser trailer MTV Movie Awards Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence Peeta Mellark Josh Hutcherson Plutarch Heavensbee Philip Seymour Hoffman District 11 Gale Hawthorne Liam Hemsworth Gale Katniss kiss

Ooh, Philip Seymour Hoffman is super creepy even though we know that Plutarch Heavensbee is on the rebels’ side. He is playing Snow so hard right now.

Catching Fire teaser trailer MTV Movie Awards Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence Peeta Mellark Josh Hutcherson Plutarch Heavensbee Philip Seymour Hoffman District 11 Gale Hawthorne Liam Hemsworth Gale Katniss kiss

Yep, the quickest way to turn Katniss crazy is to torture and kill people in front of her. Like this poor old guy in District 11 who gets beaten to death just for showing his solidarity. Since the next time we see Katniss she’s playing along with the Capitol’s decadent games, it’s no wonder everyone thinks she’s a phony.

Catching Fire teaser trailer MTV Movie Awards Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence Peeta Mellark Josh Hutcherson Plutarch Heavensbee Philip Seymour Hoffman District 11 Gale Hawthorne Liam Hemsworth Gale Katniss kiss

“This trip doesn’t end when you get back home. From now on, your job is to be a distraction until people forget what the real problems are.” Haymitch, telling it like it is.

Catching Fire teaser trailer MTV Movie Awards Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence Peeta Mellark Josh Hutcherson Plutarch Heavensbee Philip Seymour Hoffman District 11 Gale Hawthorne Liam Hemsworth Gale Katniss kiss

Really digging the anti-Capitol graffiti in the districts. It’s futuristic, but not.

Catching Fire teaser trailer MTV Movie Awards Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence Peeta Mellark Josh Hutcherson Plutarch Heavensbee Philip Seymour Hoffman District 11 Gale Hawthorne Liam Hemsworth Gale Katniss kiss Effie Trinket

”Chins up. Smiles on." Oh, Effie. Never change.

Catching Fire teaser trailer MTV Movie Awards Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence Peeta Mellark Josh Hutcherson Plutarch Heavensbee Philip Seymour Hoffman District 11 Gale Hawthorne Liam Hemsworth Gale Katniss kiss

Not gonna lie, it will never stop amusing me how they draw parallels to today’s celebrity culture, with Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) hosting what looks exactly like Entertainment Tonight.

Catching Fire teaser trailer MTV Movie Awards Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence Peeta Mellark Josh Hutcherson Plutarch Heavensbee Philip Seymour Hoffman District 11 Gale Hawthorne Liam Hemsworth Gale Katniss kiss

Um, can we get that mockingjay poster? Because it’s rad.

Catching Fire teaser trailer MTV Movie Awards Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence Peeta Mellark Josh Hutcherson Plutarch Heavensbee Philip Seymour Hoffman District 11 Gale Hawthorne Liam Hemsworth Gale Katniss kiss

The Katniss/Gale kiss! There’s actually very little Peeta in this trailer, because it’s time for the other ’shippers to get their moment.

Catching Fire teaser trailer MTV Movie Awards Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence Peeta Mellark Josh Hutcherson Plutarch Heavensbee Philip Seymour Hoffman District 11 Gale Hawthorne Liam Hemsworth Gale Katniss kiss

And here’s the beginning of Prim’s storyline. When she talks about helping out in the fight, you just want to hug her and never let go, y’know?

Catching Fire teaser trailer MTV Movie Awards Katniss Everdeen Jennifer Lawrence Peeta Mellark Josh Hutcherson Plutarch Heavensbee Philip Seymour Hoffman District 11 Gale Hawthorne Liam Hemsworth Gale Katniss kiss

There goes Katniss, protecting her men from The Man.

My very favorite part comes right at the end, as President Snow knits together the two disparate plotlines of Catching Fire with one line: “Her entire species must be eradicated. The other victors. Because of her, they all pose a threat. Because of her, they all think they’re invincible.” Yeah, I shivered.

Catching Fire comes to theaters November 22, 2013! Can’t wait to see more detailed trailers—with all those dangerous victors—in the coming months.


Natalie Zutter is a playwright, foodie, and pop culture blogger. Her writing has appeared on BlackBook, Ology, Bookish, and Crushable, where she discusses celebrity culture alongside internet memes (or vice versa). Weekly you can find her calling in to the Hunger GamesFireside Chat podcast, reviewing new releases at Movie Mezzanine, and on Twitter.

7 comments
Bridget Smith
1. BridgetSmith
This is jumping the gun by quite a bit, but this trailer made me really hopeful that they might be able to change the bungled mess that was Mockingjay into what it should've been.

I also find it interesting how much they're downplaying the whole second half of the book. Can't wait to see the new arena!
David Goodhart
2. Davyd
I refuse to get involved with Prim's storyline....


Isn't keeping her alive the whole point of the start of this story?? Why blow her up in book 3? I almost died in a car accident on a Charlotte interstate pulling over when she was blown to bits On Screen. The Fuck?
Leslie J.
3. Leslie J.
Ahh...time to get excited about being made very very sad once again....
Leslie J.
4. Waterdog
You forgot to say it so I will: spoiler alert. People who are watching the movies and have not read the books are going to have a lot of stuff ruined for them by this post.
Bridget McGovern
5. BMcGovern
@4: Spoiler warnings added. Thanks--some of us were caught sleeping (quite literally) when the post originally went up...
Natalie Zutter
6. nataliezutter
@4 - Sorry! Will be better about spoiler warnings in future posts. I'm just used to discussing the movies with folks who have already read the books, but fair point that some people are going into the movies unspoiled.

@1 - Me too! Especially since Danny Strong is writing both Mockingjay screenplays. And yeah--they're seriously holding back on any Arena footage, which of course makes me even more eager to see it.
Leslie J.
7. sofrina
@2 - to show us that it was never within her power to save anyone

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