I’m biased because I read the first book, dragged myself through the second, and am trying to finish the third before I finish myself off. So the good first. The movie itself was nicely styled, putting great detail into the Capitol and the rich folk that inhabit the area. And I will admit the did the book justice for the most part, adhering to a comfortable 85% of the book. Also, there was some great acting by Katniss’ Jennifer Lawrence (who definitely just gave herself a name if she didn’t so before with Mystique in X-Men: First Class). Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville…really?) had some smooth moves in directing this little number. The action was not too often, and when it was, it wasn’t pompous like a blockbuster would be.
This segways to the not-so-good. The shaky-camera does not work for me unless it’s Blair Witch Project. Maybe I’m getting old, but I was seldom able to see what the fuck was going on in the intense scenes because the cameraman was having a seizure. Most importantly, people who watch The Hunger Games who did not read the book will be baffled by the characters and their relationships. The book itself used a shovel to dig into the dynamics between characters, whereas the movie was more concerned with making it look like Katniss was prettier without makeup while wearing makeup. Case in point: Katniss and Rue (in the movie) meant nothing to me. NOTHING! Good movie though.