Aside from certain places where I felt they rushed a bit, I was overall impressed with the way the film was made. For being a two-and-a-half hour movie the pacing made it seem like it was only forty-five minutes, and I liked that the trailers/previews/clips that came out didn't spoil anything involving the actual Games, just the beginning parts with the Reaping and the Tributes getting prepped at the Capitol. Everything that was on the screen felt like it was taken directly from the books, which I greatly appreciated. I especially took notice to how the film was shot, there seemed to be a lot of hand-held/shaky camera movements, particularly in the Arena where the kids are fighting and killing each other, as opposed to the calm stillness and order of the Capitol. It's things like that which I notice and appreciate for creative reasons.
Jennifer Lawrence's performance as Katniss was amazing. She really conveyed all the right emotions as the character, of her being stoic and stubborn to breaking down after what happened with Rue. She did a stellar job. And oh man, that scene with Rue. ;___;
Plus, I liked the added moment with District 11. It wasn't in the book, but it was marvelously done to show the emotional turmoil and outrage any District could have when a beloved one is taken in such a brutal manner in these Games. Many are suspecting that man was Rue's father, which I am definitely speculating too. It was such a strong reaction of his, and I like how it initiated everyone else to attack and vandalize everything Capitol related. Just a perfect addition, to be honest. Very emotional.
But yes, Rue was perfect and adorable.
Cinna was perfect. ♥ FOREVER SHIPPING CINNA/KATNISS I REGRET NOTHING.
Haymitch was hilarious (everyone in the theater loved him, obvs)
Still don't like Peeta. I'm not sorry. *shrugs*
NOBODY TOLD ME AMANDA GRAYSTONE FROM CAPRICA WAS PLAYING KATNISS' MOTHER. LIKE I WAS LIKE HOLY SHIT WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE AMANDA? DON'T YOU REALIZE YOU HAVE ANOTHER DAUGHTER STUCK IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD RN? LOL DEFINITELY CAUGHT ME OFF GUARD AND WAS A PLEASANT SURPRISE, TBH. :O
I cried twice: at the Reaping and Rue's death ;____; It really got to me, okay?
Aside from my flailing I do want to nitpick on one particular thing, though:
For something as barbaric and violent as the Games are, I am disappointed that the movie didn't allow the characters to get bloodied and dirty. They are in the forest after all, running through muck, chasing and killing one another and getting slashed and cut and bruised. I mean we see Katniss getting cut and scrapped and such, but aside from that the others, esp the Careers, who were the most violent of all, didn't really seem to be all that disturbed from their appearance as I had hoped. I keep thinking of this popular fanmade reenactment and wished the film was a little more grittier just as that was.
But apart from that, and the obvious rushed cliffhanger, I totally enjoyed and was impressed by the movie. For something that was written in first-person the movie expanded the world not strictly seen via Katniss' eyes and experience while still focusing on her story. So yes, I will definitely be seeing it again very soon.