You should probably know going into this that I hated the book.
Like, seriously. Hated. But, regardless, I had high hopes for the movie. Well, maybe not high hopes. More like midlevel hopes.
I had some hopes, okay?
As far as the acting goes, I don't have much to say. They were all fine. Jen Lawrence did a good job crying. And crying. And crying. Josh did a good job of looking ugly. Liam did an amazing job of being beautiful to behold.
The movie itself? It was just. So. Boring.
I did hate the book, but I don't remember being this bored by it. I swear, nothing happened. I almost fell asleep. Not surprising when they took an already small book and split it into two. Why? WHY?? Oh yeah, because we're suckers and we'll pay for it.
I intentionally didn't reread the book before going to see this. One, because I hated it (did I mention that?) and two because I always find it more easy to cope with book movies if I don't remember all the details. That way I don't get mad when they screw things up. But there was a lot in this movie that I just don't remember happening at all. They definitely tried to make Gale a little more unlikable (didn't work), and up-play the relationship between Katniss and Peeta (not feelin' it).
The story just didn't stir any emotion in me at all. It felt so forced. Effie was dull. Coin was bland. Heavensbee was kind of corny. Gale hardly had any lines. Snow was barley in it. Finnick, was he even in this movie? sarcasm. Really, it just should never have been split into two parts. Especially when all the action happens in the second half.
Summary in pics:
Katniss cries. A lot.
Peeta turns into a zombie
Gale looks hot
Katniss shoots down a plane with an arrow
Yep. That's about it! I know if you're taking the time to actually read this post, you'll probably go see it anyway, and who knows, maybe you'll love it. But I'd say save your cash and wait for it at Redbox.
Enjoy the show! (or the nap)