Since K has read the series 8 times, I figured she earned her right to come. I was a little nervous with the violence factor in the books, but the movie did a wonderful job being true to the books, but not making it gory or dwelling on the violence.
We made our own shirts. One part was because I kept forgetting to order them off line until it was too late and the other was the shirts I found were crazy expensive!
I got to go with a couple of my midnight premier buddies. Jen and I actually met at the first Twilight premier. She is freakin' awesome!!!!
And here's Angel and I. We are actually in the same stake (church), but had never met until a friend brought her to another midnight premier. Was it Harry Potter, Angel? I can't remember. Angel is super sweet and so fun! And thanks to K for making sure we had our bunny ears.
It was a great night! We ended up with a bunch of teens from church with us as well. We had a blast throwing things across the theater and shouting random things as we were waiting.
As for the movie....it was AWESOME!!!! Like I said earlier, the movie makers did a great job! They stayed true to the book and the feel of the book without getting overly violent or gory. The worst parts were at the cornucopia when the games first start. They kept it tolerable by doing very quick flashes of what was happening, so you knew what was happening, but there was no dwelling on the gore.
The other gross part was when they show Glimmer's body after being attacked by the tracker jackers. It still wasn't as icky looking as Collins described in the book, but it's not pretty to look at.
The beginning of the movie, like maybe the first 15-20 minutes, is filmed with a hand camera, and so it is VERY shaky. They are trying to show the distress and chaos that is going on, but I had to look away from the screen a couple times because it was making me nauseated. Thankfully, it seemed to calm down the further you got into the movie.
The best thing about the movie for me was seeing what Katniss couldn't and didn't see in the books....President Snow's anxiety over her and her actions. I am so happy that the filmmakers showed that! They depicted the unrest in District 11 and hinted at what might happen.
The scenery was awesome!!! I loved seeing the Capital, District 12 and the Arena. And it was so fun seeing all the Capital residents! I can't wait for Catching Fire to come out!!!