There will be SPOILERS in this review.
Title: The Hunger Games
Series: The Hunger Games
In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss' young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.
I am normally a horrible person to take to a book-to-movie adaptation because I am that person that will pick it to pieces. I will find everything wasn't done in the spirit of the character and every plot point that is missed. I tell you this so that you can understand that magnitude of me saying that I really liked this movie. I was not a big fan of Haymitch. He was not drunk enough and too helpful, but I can see why they would have to change that otherwise the strategising that Katniss does in her head would have been completely lost in the movie.
The only thing that really bothered me with the movie is the cannon. Sometimes is went off when a tribute died and sometimes it didn't. That weird change ruined Rue's death scene for me a little, although the scene was otherwise fantastic.
Overall, I think this movie really did the book justice. I couldn't be happier about that.