Book-to-Movie Law states that once you have read the book, you are bound by the media to go see the movie based on said book, and therefor compare to two.
May the odds be ever in your favor. They certainly are for this movie! Katniss sure has powerful stage presence. Her gaze made me feel every little emotion. She's a completely serious actor who totally nailed this part. Her fights scenes were spectacular, but she was so buff that there's no way she couldn't have mae those scenes anything other than awesome. Other characters that totally rocked their parts were Stanley Tucci as Caesar and Lenny Kravitz as Cinna. A great movie, worthy of the book. However, I do have one major and a few minor complaints. First, the jumpy camera shots were AWFUL. They made me so queasy in the first 12 minute of the movie, that it was difficult to focus on the rest of it. A few shaky scenes here and there would be okay, but that camera shook for what felt like literally the entire movie. Not cool, didn't add anything. And I didn't think there was nearly enough exposition as the book provided, so audience members who haven't read the books may feel a little in the dark. Otherwise, I am proud of and impressed by the cast, and hope they make the second book just as well as this one.
Bottom Line: Book was incredible, movie was breath-taking. Finally, a win-win! Just be sure to eat lightly before viewing.