I'm just not really a big fan of The Hunger Games, there I said it. However, I was as excited for this book as anyone. To tell the truth, I think it's difficult to criticize a book and it's movie adaptation. They are two different things, yet somehow they aren't.
For this review, I certainly don't have to give big detail about the film. A future society in the districts of Panem, which was once North America, there are 13 districts, minus 1 that was destroyed long ago, and to prevent a war that happened long ago redo itself, the capitol invented The Hunger Games, which may just start a war of itself someday, with the District's Mockingjay at the helm, Katniss, when she must go into the games to take her sister's place.
So is this better than the novel? Yes, it removes many of the expositions I got bored with in the book and seeing the characters in full detail was intriguing. Apart from the occasional shaky cam, most of the movie was well done and made the novel seem better than it is for the most part. For instance, since the book is in first person, there were elements outside of the games like Katniss' grace to Rue at District 11, and some conversations with President Snow, and in the book, I could never really get the perfect picture for the settings, and now they feel clear. However, I wish the movie was a bit less predictable. Doing some twists and turns for one of the most anticipated movies ever made would've made it more entertaining, and I just simply dislike the story. However, I have a better review for Catching Fire, and I didn't really pay attention to the novel because I thought it was even worse than it's predecessor, so I saw it with a fresh start. This one just wasn't fresh enough for me.