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FIlm Poster Friday #10: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games Poster #1 - Katniss Everdean

I’ve been on holiday from work for the last couple of weeks and whilst I didn’t get away, I obviously had a lot of time to myself. Whenever that happens (not often enough!) I like to take myself off to the cinema to catch a blockbuster. I had been looking forward to seeing The Hunger Games after seeing the trailer some months ago, but besides the premise – children forced to fight to the death on a reality show – knew very little of what to expect.

It’s not a new concept – the Japanese movie Battle Royale (IMDBTrailer) covered the same subject some years ago, albeit in a much more gratuitous, definitely 18-certificate way. And as that movie proved – I seem to remember some protests at the time of it’s release – it’s definitely a controversial subject.

Suffice to say that “The Hunger Games” is a very different movie, pitched as obviously as it is at the Twilight demographic. Whilst children die in this movie (20+ in fact!) it’s not graphic or overly violent by any means. That’s not to say it doesn’t get emotional at times, because it does. But there is little about this movie that is shocking. I really enjoyed it and look forward to the sequel(s).

On the subject of these posters – I really like them too. Very simple execution, but the more I look at them the more I see things that give clues to the storyline and characters

  • Love that the Katniss poster (the heroine, above) is the only one where the character is facing right, like she is against everyone. Also like her neutral, innocent and calm expression
  • Love that the logo placement is used to illustrate that Rue is younger than everyone else. Had it been positioned slightly above eyeline as it is in all the other posters, it would have been impossible to tell her age and diminutive stature
  • Like that Peeta and Rue are the only two characters not looking straight ahead, as if they are unsure of something or maybe unconfident.
  • Like the slightly sulky mouth on Haymitch (Woody Harrelson – brilliant in this movie), the almost zealous look in the eyes of the Effie character and the serious-young-man frown on the Gale character

Technically, the images are very “smooth” looking, especially the Katniss image and the lighting (straight-on beauty dish?) gives them all a nice warm glow – maybe to tie in with the burning logo – whilst at the same time conveying that they are all facing some kind of challenge. A great set.

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