It’s sad but true: This first trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire left me rather cold. What is this, Hunger Games for Dummies?
See?It just felt way too on-the-nose, with President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and Plutarch Heavensebee (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) literally chortling and practically rubbing their hands together and twirling their mustaches like cartoon villains. Or Dr. Evil and his cohorts doing the Evil Laugh Bit. I don’t remember a scene like this in the book; it wasn’t particularly well-written, but I don’t think it was that bad.
And the trailer is just plain dull. It doesn’t make me want to see the movie at all. The sequences have absolutely no energy or sense of drama. Combine that with the muted color palette of the district and Snow’s offices, and it isn’t interesting to look at. Worst of all, the other victors are nowhere to be seen — let alone the Quarter Quell, which is what fans really want to see, because the 75th Hunger Games is the bold new element of the sequel, not boring political plotting.
I expected a lot more out of director Francis Lawrence, and now I’m worried about this project.