So, turns out you don't need to read the books or watch the first movie in order to understand the second. I wonder how does that work to people who actually did bother with the above? Does it feel like an unnecessary introduction? Hmmm.
Anyway, good parts = Jennifer Lawrence is ♥. Also Woody Harrleson. And Lenny Kravitz and Elizabeth Banks although there isn't enough of them in the movie. Actually, there isn't enough Woody, either. Instead we have two guys with the charisma of a dead shoe. Dear lesser Hemsworth - even your brother has more charisma than you do, and I thought he had no charisma at all. As for Josh Hutcherson, don't get me started.
Movie-wise... omg. Why is no one trying to make YA movies actually movies? It's something that plagues most of HP as well, although I did feel 5 and 7 (as in DH part one, definitely not part 2) managed to transcend that, especially DH1. But seriously. The scenes are disconnected. Everything that isn't about the hero is shut out - and it's frustrating in a movie like Hunger Games, because the world actually has a crucial role in both the plot and the message. Well... show the world, then, don't just paint some broad strokes and be done with it! Grrr. Make us care about the world. Stop hinting then cutting away to some uninteresting nonsense. That's the thing. At 2.5 hours, it both felt too long and too short, because they decided to focus on all the wrong things (Josh Hutcherson. Honestly. Josh Hutcherson). It's time YA adaptations stopped being afraid of being movies and departing from the source material, in favour of actually being movies.
Don't get me wrong, it was actually quite quite entertaining, just frustrating because you can see there's stuff beneath the surface that they don't dare touch because, apparently, someone has decided that it's not that kind of a movie. Exactly the same problem as Goblet of Fire and DH2. Sometimes you need to care less about your hero and more about their surroundings.
Also, when that hero is Jennifer Lawrence, I'm okay. ♥ Although, really, if charimas-less Peeta would have let Woody take his place, I would have been so much happier.