Let me start this off by saying that this is the first book-to-film adaptation that I have ever liked. This isn't a so-so like, this isn't a well-it-was-decent like, it's a LIKE like. It stuck by the book completely, except for minor variations which were either necessary or very cool. For instance, my favorite scene in the movie (the uprising in Rue's district) wasn't in the novel but it captured the essence of HG so well that I didn't care.
My favorite parts:
Josh Hutcherson as Peeta. I am so in love with Josh Hutcherson. He completely encompasses the role, so much so that I would forget that he's an actor playing a part.
How closely it stuck to the book. Seriously, it didn't change the plot (ahem, Percy Jackson) or delete important characters (ahem, Percy Jackson). And even though I knew what was coming, I was still riveted by what was going on onscreen.
The red-haired Avox girl. Where was she? Seriously, although she's only there for about two chapters, she's one of my favorite characters in the book.
The mutt-ations. Instead of the creepy pack of dogs that look like fallen Tributes, there were maybe four wild dogs (that did not look like Tributes) that chased them. It was irritating, to say the least.
Katniss' first dress. I felt the little capes of fire were a little anticlimactic, although the second dress was gorgeous.
Overall, I thought The Hunger Games was fantastic and I was thrilled to see that Suzanne Collins had helped write the screenplay. I left with my HG enthusiasm renewed, fangirling over Peeta, and more than relieved that the story had been left intact. Of course, now that I actually like a book-turned-movie, the director of HG probably isn't returning. Apparently, the odds aren't ever in my favor, haha.
Still, I'm hopeful for Catching Fire.
Have you seen the movie? What did you think?