A steady stream of Hunger Games stills, quotes and posters have been bubbling up and flowing over the internet, getting fans super psyched and making people who don't know anything about the books — or the movie — wonder, What's the big deal? The question is, do all the sneak-peek pics and posters help, creating buzz for the flick? Or hurt it by raising the stakes too high?
NPR's Linda Holmes writes:
Expectations are already so high; the cultural eagerness to pronounce ourselves underwhelmed (the tyranny of "meh," as it were) is so palpable.
There's no risk in hype unless you believe - which, as it happens, I do - that at times, movies that would really impress people who were only shown a simple trailer often seem like letdowns when they've seen twenty teaser posters that seem to promise a movie that will rattle the world.
It's true that sometimes walking into a movie, having been talking about it for months and expecting it be awesome, you're setting yourself up for disappointment. But I'd argue that with The Hunger Games, it's okay to go ahead and get worked up — the quality of the film isn't really the point. Fans are excited because the world created by Suzanne Collins in her novels will be captured on film. No one thinks this movie will be an Oscar-nominated work of genius. What a fan could hope for — what I hope to see — is a faithful adaptation of a page-turner. As long as the movie tells the same story — of a tenacious, strong girl who defies the odds — there's no way to be disappointed. Reading stimulates the imagination, and when scenes and characters you've only ever seen in your mind become real, it's thrilling. And it's fun to get psyched, to be eagerly awaiting the release date, to gobble up all the scraps of news dropped along the way.
For instance! Today's tidbit: Elizabeth Banks says of Effie Trinket: "She's very much a throwback as a woman. She's pre-feminist, but at the same time she wants things done a certain way. So when things are unravelling around her, she becomes very unravelled." Pre-feminist? I don't know what that even means! But I'm excited.