“Hunger Games” trailer disappointed, but the movie probably won’t
By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: I won’t lie—I expected more from “The Hunger Games” trailer that premiered at tonight’s 2011 Video Music Awards. Previous MTV awards shows (admittedly, the Movie Awards may be a bit stronger in this area) have not only given a first look at hot new trailers, but extended clips that serve as honest-to-goodness teasers for anticipated films.
Tonight’s “Hunger Games” clip was short (like, 40 seconds short, once you got past slow transitions and Lionsgate branding). Most shots involved main character Katniss running for her life as fire traps stalked her through rather ordinary woods. Exciting? Not particularly. But it didn’t dampen my desire to see the film.
“The Hunger Games” and the franchise Suzanne Collins has built around it tells a great story, and Jennifer Lawrence will finally be given the chance to shine as the lead in a film that people will actually see. Her Academy Award-nominated performance in “Winter’s Bone” went under-recognized given Natalie Portman’s sweep last year with “Black Swan,” and the film itself was so indie that she had limited chance for exposure.
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