Ten Best Hunger Games Highlights of 2012
As part of The Hunger Games Countdown, Perri Nemiroff of Movies.com has put together a list of the top ten Hunger Games-related highlights of 2012.
8. Catching Fire Motion Poster:
The release of The Hunger Games motion poster was an absolutely chilling experience, but how could they possibly swing the same thing and have an effect? Talk about a nice surprise. Not only does the new motion poster draw a connection to the original by keeping the design and background tune intact, but it stirs up a brand new set of emotions through the gorgeous and incredibly detailed transformation from the Hunger Games logo into the Catching Fire one, backed by a fresh score that offers up a sense of urgency. How appropriate when that clock is just ticking away?
More highlights after the break!
5. The Hunger Games at San Diego Comic-Con:
This might be personal more than anything – unless you all really enjoyed my interviews – but having the opportunity to hang out and chat with Jack Quaid, Dayo Okeniyi, Alexander Ludwig, Willow Shields and Amandla Stenberg was certainly a 2012 highlight, and just enough to forgive Lionsgate for not having a proper panel. However, even without its leading trio hitting Hall H, Hunger Games can still draw a crowd and the pandemonium at the Lionsgate booth proved it. Signing time with Quaid, Okeniyi, Ludwig, Shield, and Stenberg was crazy time with fans lining up around the booth, eagerly awaiting an autograph or even just an opportunity for a mere glimpse at the tributes in the flesh. Can you imagine if Katniss herself was there? Hopefully we’ll find out next year.
2. Casting Catching Fire:
Admittedly, those who have yet to read the books might find Lionsgate’s casting process a bit over the top, but for those of us who know and have grown to love the characters of this universe, it’s immensely exciting watching the studio put real faces to names. And, this time around, Lionsgate wasn’t just filling up the roster for the 75th Hunger Games; the studio was committing to actors that’d help carry us through to the franchise finale. Even for the actors playing tributes that will inevitably meet their maker before the second film’s end, this more intimate and individualized casting process makes his or her death that much more powerful. The first film proved it; even a nameless Hunger Games cast member lives on through the fandom.
1. The Hunger Games, the Movie:
It really doesn’t get much better than this. Not only did The Hunger Games go on to accumulate over $680 million at the worldwide box office, but the film was very well-received, almost across the board, posting a wildly impressive 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. Say what you want about Gary Ross’ shaky cam technique, but, overall Hunger Games is a notably well acted, enthralling adventure that does its source material justice by presenting each and every layer of the story, and all with a great deal of emotion. Not only are we now one for one, but the success of The Hunger Games puts us in great shape for Catching Fire and beyond. Gary Ross may be long gone, but the first film still stands and should the next three fall in line, we will end up with a proficient and truly special film franchise.
What were your biggest Hunger Games highlights of 2012?
What are you looking forward to in the most in 2013?