Watched this last night with my ladyface.
Enjoyable, but hopefully the next one will have a better budget, film wise the shakey cam starts off ok and helps with immersion, but its offset MASSIVE by the horrid action scenes. People want to see whats going on, not just quick cuts and flashes of people rolling on the ground...
otherwise, it was what i expected, i kinda wanted to see a broader perspective of the fights as i felt it would have helped to increase the scope of the battles, something battle royale did right (now the missus wants to see it, after i told her it was similar, woot, i think BR is more indepth for each of the characters involved, something HG did not)
With the story telling... movie wise, HOLES AHOY!
You can tell the budget when you know there is a lot to expand upon that could have been told to the users in many different ways, but are missed out due to limitations. Some things could have been done better, but i felt they spent too much time making the people from the capitol look like a cross between the survivors of rapture and the fifth element by some crazy coincidence met and had children. How the hell they managed to 'win' a war against 12 provinces i'll never know, just like from watching the film without a fangurl beside you the significance of the pin she 'picks up' is never revealed...
sure i haven't seen twilight, but i have seen some decent films, this is rough around the edges, to the point i expect a directors cut to come out and explain a whole lot more, this would be good, but it will lead to more of what ruined the film for me.
i wanted a triumphant heroine, not what i got, which was some girl who was pretty beast until she comes across the boy who she then magically heals and then..... well you see how easily it is to win when a man does all the hard work at the end.
Another thing, in all my days of watching various action films, watching things like BR and zombie films, i have learnt one thing. If you want to portray a badass, either for good or evil, then never go down in one hit. If you ware fighting to survive and to live and eat, you never go down in one hit.
Hunger games, get hit by sword, die. arrow? die. spear? die. I get the whole scifi thing and all the rest but it was ruled by two things, benefactors and the fact its a tv show. I walked into Hunger games expecting the prot to pull some 'Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer' type stunts to get the edge, but instead i get a bow whose strings never loosen, and a baker who makes himself rock...
Id like to see a directors cut, but go an see it if you liked 'the northern lights' or 'tron. Otherwise if you enjoy seeing cinema without huge Baysplosions or every film star you can name, its worth checking out.
I give it three and a half wounded mockingjays out of five.
Nolite te bastardes carborundorum