I don’t THINK the following is spoiler-y, but if you haven’t seen/read Catching Fire, this is your warning just in caseeeeeee.
My brothers and I went to see Catching Fire last night, and we really enjoyed it. Of the three of us, I’m the only one who has read any of the books (my brothers are still claiming that they never mocked me for it, smh), but my expectations admittedly helped me reflect favorably on the film. I honestly think that CF is one of the best book-to-movie adaptations that I’ve seen. I was thoroughly impressed by the amount of content that they kept in the movie, and I thought any changes/omissions weren’t glaringly obvious or didn’t detract from the movie at all. I am aware that not all movies have this luxury/can implement everything on a realistic timeline (thinking about the size/detail of Catching Fire compared to any Harry Potter book, basically). Still, I think CF is a great example of allowing the book material to speak for itself - yes, you’re going to have the obvious/needed movie changes, but amazing what keeping true to the film’s pace/theme/plot will do for you, huh?
Aside from the adaptation issue, I thought the film was visually stunning, and the acting was excellent. Like I said, my brothers only had the first film as reference so they didn’t have the book to influene them at all, and they both enjoyed it a lot and are hooked. It was fun for me, anyway, to listen to their reactions and be the only one to know what happens next lol. (They kept going on how they didn’t see the ending coming at all, mwhaha).
oh, there was this guy exiting the movie theater going on about how the first one was so much better because “At least that one had an ending. This one didn’t end. Why would you have the movie end like that? Now you’ll have to make another movie.” /facepalm