Relish The Class Warfare In This First Clip From The Hunger Games, With Endorsement From Its Creator

The rich get richer, the poor… learn how to fight to survive.

The first clip from The Hunger Games shows Katniss Everdeen taking it to a dangerous place. This scene probably requires some knowledge of the original novel to make sense as not much of the marketing material so far has set up quite what this part of the story is about.

I like to think I would have done the same. Except, I’d have missed and it wouldn’t be an arrow pinned to the wall.

The film has recently been completed, and has received a PG-13 from the MPAA. Amongst those to have seen it is Suzanne Collins, author of the original novel. She seems to be very pleased, and has rushed to tell the fans:

I’ve just had the opportunity to see the finished film of The Hunger Games. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I feel like the book and the film are individual yet complementary pieces that enhance one another. The film opens up the world beyond Katniss’ point of view, allowing the audience access to the happenings of places… like the Hunger Games control room and President Snow’s rose garden, thereby adding a new dimension to the story.

Director Gary Ross has created an adaptation that is faithful in both narrative and theme, but he’s also brought a rich and powerful vision of Panem, its brutality and excesses, to the film as well. His world building’s fantastic, whether it be the Seam or the Capitol. It’s amazing to see things that are suggested in the book fully developed and so brilliantly realized through the artistry of the designers.

And, my God, the actors. The cast, led by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutely wonderful across the board. It’s such a pleasure to see how they’ve embodied the characters and brought them to life.

Looks like Ross has done it again.