This movie, in my opinion, was perfect. Absolutely perfect. The shaky camera shots, the brutal deaths, the special effects, the score, the cast. Everything. I don't know how they did it, but it's like they literally projected Suzanne Collins' book and her words and her story onto the big screen and it was so epic.
I laughed, I cried, I gasped, I winced, I even held my three fingers up in honor of District 11 when a certain heart-breaking scene happened. Basically, this movie evoked so many feelings. The same feelings I had when reading the book.
The pace is great. It's never slow, never rushed. It tells the story how it needs to be told and I never looked at my cell phone once to see what time it was because I was so engrossed in the film. I also think they did a fantastic job at showcasing the other tributes/actors. Obviously, with a cast as big as this, they don't have the time to give each character a lot of screen shots. But the way each important character was spotlighted, either while training or in the game, was so awesome.
Basically, this is the best book-to-movie adaption I've ever seen. I'm a huge fan of Twilight and Harry Potter, but the way this movie manages to stay true to the book AND shine on its own (meaning, someone who has no knowledge of the books whatsoever could sit down and watch it and understand it just as well as us dedicated readers) is something that I think other adaptions don't do quite as spectacularly.
See it. Immediately. And if you've already seen it, see it again and again and again because it is that good. Amazing. Wonderful. I'm still in awe.
On a more negative note, something that wasn't amazing? The crowd I had to see the movie with. And because I'm still in HG mode and I've got Katniss' badassery in my head, I'm going to be snarky and give a few tips on things NOT to do at a Hunger Games showing.
1.) When the theater is packed and people around you are eating and drinking, do NOT spray perfumes and hairsprays. I understand you want a pretty braid like Katniss, but Peeta is not going to pop out of the screen and delcare his undying love for you. Take it to the bathroom.
2.) Throwing popcorn? That's what a five-year-old does. It's very sad that I even have to say this.
3.) Laughter and hollering is very appropriate during funny parts of the movie. NOT when someone on screen is being brutally murdered.
4.) When someone politely asks you not to do these things anymore, it is NOT okay to scream in their face like a petulant child. We all paid $10 to see the movie, not just you. If you're interrupting somebody's movie experience and they call you on it - shut up, sit back and knock it off.