The Hunger Games Trailer: “You Know How to Hunt.”

If your teen is anything like mine, she’s been counting the days until the release of the Hunger Games movie next March. Heck, if you’re anything like me, you’ve been counting!  We got our first peek at the film in a short trailer that aired at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday night.

What did you think? It’s a brief tease, all right…there’s a hunted, haunted-looking Katniss running through the woods, dodging flaming tree limbs. We hear Gale on the voiceover: “They just want a good show, that’s all they want. You know how to hunt. Show ’em how good you are.” I love the wicked hiss of Katniss’s arrow as she releases her bowstring in the trailer’s final seconds. The trailer conveys her isolation and fear, but I found something jarring in Gale’s instructions; I’d have liked to hear Katniss’s voice. She’s the one telling the story, after all.

No glimpses, yet, of Katniss’s competition in the Games, nor of the spectacle outside the Arena. We’ll be living in suspense, these next few months…