But you know me, and I can't resist sharing a few thoughts anyway. Hang tight. (Spoilers ahead!)
- It was awesome. Every complaint I have about the movie is secondary to that one fact. The Hunger Games movie surprised me with how good it was; not only excellent visual supplement to the books, but a great movie in its own right. It even beat out the Harry Potter movies with its kickass storytelling that didn't rely on knowledge of the books as a crutch, and that's saying something.
- The shaky-cam was so intense, I almost threw up in the theater. Look, I get the point of shaky cam as a stylistic tool. Sometimes it worked, and there were scenes I couldn't imagine any other way. But do yourself a favor and don't sit in the front row if you want to be able to walk in a straight line afterwards.
- The casting was almost perfect. Jennifer Lawrence kicked holy ass as Katniss, Lenny Kravitz made Cinna unbelievably sexy, Amandla Stenberg made me cry, Josh Hutcherson made a great Peeta, and Elizabeth Banks was a perfect Effie. But seriously, how hard would it have been to cast a Gale who could act? Liam Hemsworth was terrible, and my sister maintains that the casting director must be Team Peeta all the way.
- Rue's death scene was disappointing. Jennifer Lawrence and Amandla Stenberg were spot-on, acting-wise, but it felt rushed and not nearly as affecting as it was in the books. Believe me, I was still bawling, but it didn't quite capture the injustice of the whole games. Rue's death was when I wanted to start my own revolution. In the movie, it was just one more gory, awful spectacle.
- In fact, the whole movie skirts around the very issues that made the book so good. Ethically, The Hunger Games fails as a movie. And that's disappointing. I know Katniss's main focus is to stay alive, but I detected barely a whiff of the viva-la-revolution spirit that made me fall in love with this series, and that's disappointing.
- It was awesome. I've been waiting far too impatiently for far too long to say that the moment I sat down in the theater was anything less than awe-inspiring. I feel like I've been a part of this series from day one, and it was so special to finally see it on the big screen.