I rented it the day it came out. Well, Sunday 8/19 but I was so excited to see it.
I had heard that the movie was filmed in that shaky-camera style and I found that distracting and irritating at first, but I got used to it. You will get over it, too.
The Hunger Games.
My impressions about the movie (IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK OR HAVE SEEN THE MOVIE DON'T READ ANY MORE...I am discussing the end...)
1) The Mockingjay pin - that is an essential part of the trilogy and it was totally different. I guess for film shortening, they just skimmed over it, but I was disappointed not to see the Mayor's daughter in this movie and this part not more expounded.
2) Woody Harrelson is an incredible Haymitch. Well done. Also, Ricky from American Beauty (the guy who filmed the plastic bag and got high with Lester Burnham) was marvelous. Rue was adorable. Effie annoyingly excellent.
3) Would have loved to have seen more development with the Tributes characters and Gale. I know, I know, they had to shorten it somewhere.
4) The final scene at the cornucopia was not nearly as terrifying as it was in the book. What about the tribute's eyes in the dogs? I know, it can't all be the same....
5) Ceasar Flickerman! Loved this character. Snow. SCARY! Too bad we didn't have a cameo by Kiefer - GET DOWN DAMN IT! NOW!
6) The reaping was a really intense part. Even though I know how the ENTIRE thing ends, I still was in knots and teared up when Katniss volunteered. Sigh.
7) Chemistry between Katniss and Peeta? Eh. Average. Gale did NOT appreciate the kissing on tv though - that much was clear. Her on screen chemistry with him was decent.
Overall - enjoyable. I love seeing how the director brings a movie together from a book. I don't get all bent out of shape because it's not exactly the same - it's the reader's advantage because you have all the background that they just cannot get to in a film. Read it. Plus, you get to pause the movie and explain to your husband who has a ton of questions about what is happening in Panem, thus making you feel very intelligent. Now all we have to do is wait until November 2013 for Catching Fire.