This may be a little out of the ordinary, but bear with me.
Fans of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy were treated with something special on Sunday at the MTV music awards. The first sneak peak of the film, being adapted from the book by Lionsgate, disappointed some, and elated others. But the most interesting thing I noticed occurred in the last 10 seconds of the clip, when all of the “credits” were being shown on screen. Watch the trailer and tell me if you can spot (or, rather, hear it)
If you guessed the four note whistle at the end, then you are right. Before I tell you why it is so intriguing let me give you a little background.
It is believed that the four tones correspond to something that became somewhat important in the books. Katniss finds an unlikely ally in The Hunger Games, who provides her with this tune. Her ally, who works in an agricultural district, use to whistle it from the tops of trees to let everyone know when the work day was over, it would eventually be passed along by all the workers, so everyone knew that they could be done for the day. During the book, Katniss and her ally put in work a plan (that, I might add, is not a plan to win friends and influence people). If the plan goes through safely, they are supposed to whistle this tune, which will then be whistled by all of the birds (which are genetically modified and have a knack for this). Soon it will fill the forest, and Katniss will know that her ally is alright.
But why is this so intriguing to me? Start of by listening again and thinking about what you hear? How can it be best described? Haunting? Probably so.
What makes it sound like this? The answer is the first two notes. They make up a minor third, the bottom two notes of a minor chord, frequently found in movies with haunted houses (along with a few additions). When that chord (which is technically a Gm2 chord in the 3rd position) is arpeggiated (broken up) in that way, it definitely is haunting.
But why am I concerned with this? Because this is NOT what I was expecting. Think about it. Assuming this is indeed the four note whistle from the book, then this should not be so hautning. Finishing work is a happy occasion, learning that your friend is alive is a happy occasions. So why the haunting chord?
I believe it is a forshadow of what is to come. But what exactly is that?
I believe The Hunger Games film will be dark. Not in a bad way necessarily, but definitely dark. The darkness is the same that Katniss feels inside of her throughout the whole book. It’s the darkness of a totalistic government that has no regard for human life. I can see the style of the movie being very similar to that of an M. Night Shyamalan film, particularly The Village. Not the suspense angle at all, but the style will be much the same.
This may not be much to go one, but heck, it’s adds a lot more to what the trailer gave us.
Do you have any thoughts? Did you like the trailer, or were you disappointed? What do you think of what I said about the whistle? Let me know in a comment below!
3/25/12 Update: Just saw the film. Eh. Guess I was a little bit wrong about what the whistle was, not so much about what it stood for. Full review later (maybe).