The full trailer for The Hunger Games has been released, and it promises a suspenseful and emotional ride of a movie. Fans who are eagerly awaiting the film's March 23, 2012 release now have something substantial to look at that will appease their appetite -- or make it even more intense. From the casting to the cinematography, the film adaptation just might do justice to the first book of Suzanne Collins' bestselling trilogy.
Here are five things we can take away from The Hunger Games trailer (spoiler alert for those who have passed on the books).
Jennifer Lawrence was the perfect pick to play Katniss.
Jennifer Lawrence brings Katniss Everdeen to life - and does her justice. Judging by the trailer, she contributes an intensity and urgency to the role and to the film, from the reaping scene shot where she screams I volunteer! to replace her little sister, Prim, to her out-of-element expression as she debuts her new look.
The relationship between Katniss and her stylist, Cinna.
The trailer provides a glimpse of the beauty treatment all tributes must go through, and a brief exchange between Katniss and her stylist, Cinna (played by Lenny Kravitz), shows how he will empower her.
So you're here to make me look pretty, Katniss says.
I'm here to help you make an impression, Cinna clarifies.
Elizabeth Banks does a darn good job of representing the Capitol.
Actress Elizabeth Banks portrays Effie Trinket, the Capitol employee who acts as a public relations figure for Katniss and Peeta. Shots showing an enthusiastic Effie Trinket calling out the names of the District 12 tributes and urging a despondent Peeta to the stage accurately portray the way most Capitol residents view the Hunger Games' participants: expendable entertainment.
Just one look between Peeta and Katniss says it all.
Readers of the series know that Peeta is the boy with the bread to Katniss, the one who saved her and her mother and sister from starvation. When his name is called and he is beckoned to the stage, one look between the two is all it takes to show the conflict Katniss feels knowing that she owes the guy who once saved her life. This look is a prelude to the emotional journey the two will face.
One glimpse of Rue and we're hooked.
Amandla Stenberg portrays Rue, the girl tribute from District 11, and one shot of her shyly looking from behind a column is all it takes. Readers know that the story does not bode well for Rue, and this makes her brief shot absolutely heartbreaking.
Watch the trailer here!