Thank you to everyone who made this movie possible. I am a huge fan of the Hunger Games series, so I was a bit worried about a movie. I am glad this was my first midnight premiere movie.
The Good: The Hunger Games stayed very close to the novel. There were some parts that felt literally ripped from the page. I was highly impressed by the costume design and the special effects that made the Capitol look futuristic. The casting for Katniss was spot on. Jennifer Lawrence is one of my new favorite actresses. She gave the performance I wanted to see come from Katniss. It was simply amazing. Katniss is a very strong female character and they did not water down the movie version. They showed her emotion and power vividly to perfection. Also, the trackerjacker scene was mind-blowing.
The Bad: There is not much to say. They left some parts out, but it did not lose the essence of the book. They only problem may be the lead male actors. I am not sure they can deliver the performances need for the sequels. However, I have been surprised before. Also, the love story was a bit rushed, but it still made it seem realistic.