So right off the bat let me just admit that I love the just released full trailer for The Hunger Games. Love it. It's exactly what I've been waiting for amid all these spits and spurts of teaser things. To my eye it nails everything that it needs to express about what I love about the books in two and a half minutes (well except the violence, which will come eventually no doubt). If Jennifer Lawrence can move me to tears just from a glimpse of the scene where she volunteers in her sister Prim's place, then I think we've got a winner here. Once upon a time I doubted her casting? Shame on me.
One of the things that feels especially right that I didn't expect to hit me in such an immediately visceral way (but should have) is the in-your-face grotesquerie of Effie (Elizabeth Banks) and Caesar (Stanley Tucci) and Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley)...
... like specifically with Effie, how out of place her over-the-top fashion of the 1st District is outside of that environment. We hear a lot of Katniss judging them through the books, but sometimes you think it's just her being judgmental... but no, notsomuch.
But mostly it's the sadness and the real emotional heft of the horror of the situation these kids are in that's hitting me right off the bat, and that's about as perfect a note I could hope for them to go for. After the jump are a slew more caps, if you wanna. This is a trailer I do believe I'll be watching a million times between now and March. Ooh and look, a glimpse of Clove (Isabelle Fuhrman) finally!