The Hunger Games movie trailer… and Seneca Crane’s beard!

A couple days ago, we finally got to see the Hunger Games official movie trailer.

Not being a fan of movie adaptations in general, and iffy on some casting choices for the film,  I must confess I was dreading the trailer. Of course, that didn’t stop me from clicking on the link and putting the trailer  on loop, like every other Hunger Games fanatic out there.

And I must say, it’s gotten me curious enough to — gasp — actually watch the movie!

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, here it is:

THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobsons Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 16 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following. Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES on March 23, 2012.


If you haven’t read the Hunger Games trilogy yet (and you should), and the trailer has gotten you confused, here’s a short summary:

“Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games.  A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which Tributes? must fight with one another until one survivor remains.
Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy.  If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.”

Okay, so I was not completely sold on the casting of this movie, but after seeing the trailer, I think they might be able to pull it off. My favorite performance so far is Josh Hutcherson as Peeta — that scene, on the ledge with “If I die, I wanna still be me”– I thought that was Peeta right there! Jennifer Lawrence isn’t too shabby either, although I really want to see some more fierceness to her, which I’m sure will come out once we have more of the scenes in the arena. Gale, well… story of Gale’s life, always in the background, but I want him to be scruffier.

We get a glimpse of the supporting characters too… Effie Trinket is a freaky surprise — jarringly pink amidst the blue-gray of The Seam (I just love the cinematography of The Seam — doesn’t it remind you of a Holocaust movie?). Haymitch, so far, not boorish enough, but hopefully just in that scene. Cinna, I’m still not sold on, even with the gold eyeliner, I’m waiting to see how fabulous he comes off in the movie. We also see some other tributes, like Rue and Cato.

And then of course, there is Seneca Crane’s beard. Whatup, dude?

The beard has its own Facebook Fan Page, and (already!) an interview with MTV Hollywood Crush, as Bearderson McBeard! LOLz.

I thought the trailer was nicely put together, in a way that makes sense to people who have no idea what it’s about, but also grabbing the attention of the series’ legion of followers. Seeing the trailer sets my hopes higher for the movie (may the odds be ever in my favor!) and I can’t wait until March!

In the meantime, enjoy these Hunger Games official character posters:









And some useful links:

The Square Website: 
Official Facebook Page:
Official Twitter Page:!/lionsgatemovies
Official Website:
Exclusive Hunger Games Feature:,,20545466,00.html



March 2012 is a long way away — READ IT FIRST!
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins is available at National Book Store.

11 thoughts on “The Hunger Games movie trailer… and Seneca Crane’s beard!”

  1. it looks promising though, doesn’t it? who would’ve though jennifer lawrence would be chosen? (hey – you swore off the HP movies, didn’t you blooey?)

    1. Hehe, yes, I’ll give it a fair chance :P

      But if I don’t like this first movie, I’ll swear off the rest — that’s how it was with the HP movies for me, it got to a point that I couldn’t take what they were doing to the material from the books. No sense getting myself worked up :p

  2. I finished the book before clicking on the trailer! :) i thought Peeta would be more charming, but it might be more apparent in the movie. I also thought Haymitch would be scruffier..and fatter? I imagined effie to be thia big ball of fluff. She looks not approachable. Ako naman,i didn’t like the feel of the film, but now that u’ve said it, it does have a holocaust feel to it and it makes sense. :)

    1. Yay for you!

      I’ve been bracing myself for the worst, so the trailer was a pleasant surprise. Hehe, let’s see how the actual movie turns out! :D

  3. I always though the material was better as a movie than as a book. There’s something that’s lacking (for me) in Suzanne Collins’ narrative, so I am actually looking forward to the movies to bring the story to life.

    1. Nah, for me it’ll always be the books… The memory of reading the books will always stay with me, no matter how good (or bad) the movie turns out to be :)

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