Just got done watching the MTV Video Music Awards in anticipation of seeing my first look at footage from the highly-anticipated movie version of The Hunger Games, and all I have to say to the filmmakers is this: Seriously? WTF?
I sat through a virtual two hour freakshow so I could see one minute of Jennifer Lawrence running through the woods, mingled with a little Liam Hemsworth voice-over and Rue’s four note whistle? That’s it? Wow. Just wow.
This one minute clip (see below) is what you decided to give the world as the first-ever glimpse of The Hunger Games? I wasn’t expecting much, but I wasn’t expecting this. I’m not even sure this qualifies and a tease. No, this 60 second spot at the very end of the most god-awful two hours of television was the epitome of poor planning, terrible execution and nothing short of an opportunity to dazzle gone right down the crapper.
I’m just amazed at how unexciting this “first-ever footage” was and that’s coming from a fan of the novels. I have some idea of what’s happening. I can hear Gale talking to Katniss. I know where and what Katniss is doing in the woods. I can hear Rue’s four note little tune at the end. But what about the rest of the viewers who don’t have a clue? Who think Panem is a sandwich and wouldn’t know the difference between Julius Caeser and Caeser Flickerman? I have to think they are feeling unimpressed.
So, yeah, boo. Check it out below and thank your lucky stars you don’t have to sit through Kanye, Lady Gaga and 187 cutaways to Kim Kardashian. Barf.