This review will not be as great as my Harry Potter one since I waited a while to see the movie after reading the book, but I think I can still provide a decent review.
After reading the many conflicting reviews online–some claiming it sucked, others claiming it was awesome–I’m here to provide my very own opinion.
So first of all, I’m giving this movie a 3.5 out of 5. Yes, a point 5 is in there.
As a movie, this was a pretty good movie. Considering the fact that this was rated PG13 (I think…) it’s just gruesome enough. A lot of people complained about the the shaky camera work, about how there was not enough brutality/actual games scenes, but I think it was done pretty well.
The movie needed to provide a solid base/background on the whole Hunger Games concept, how the districts work, etc. And quite frankly, they should have provided more information on some of the districts–the thing I’m thinking about in particular is the type of bread made by each district, and having bread from district 11 sent to Katniss after she honours Rue’s death. However, I don’t think it was necessary to the movie and would have just been seen as a boring addition by most of the audience.
I disliked that Katniss was not given the mockingjay pin by Madge, that she was not visited by more people after she voluteered as tribute, that Peeta and Katniss were not talking on the roof and testing the force-field, that Katniss was not in the audience when Peeta proclaimed his love, and many other tiny anachronisms. But I DO think most of these things were appropriate to change/leave out for the movie. However I also believe that some of these small things will help set the ground for the rest of the movies in this series.
As with most book-adaptation movies I strongly recommend reading the book. You just get so much more details and learn so much more about the districts and history. In my opinion, books are always better.
So to sum up, this is a definite must see movie. But you don’t need to rush out to the theaters to see it. You can wait for the dvd.