I made it through the night without falling asleep! I'm currently at work (taking my 10 minute break) and wondering how I am going to get through this day. I'm partially caffeinated so I hope it helps.
Let's review how last night went in brief:
1. Jeans, comfy boots, sweatshirt, ponytail and glasses-CHECK.
2. Starbucks and a Pepsi-CHECK
3. Screaming teenage girls-CHECK. After standing in the line that wrapped around to the backside of the theater from 9:00-10:30 (it went by really fast and we were blocked from the wind thank goodness), we snuggled into our seats and waiting impatiently for the movie to begin. When the clock struck 11:00 p.m., a group of girls screamed out "ONE HOUR LEFT!" and when the clock hit midnight, they screamed "IT'S MIDNIGHT!!!!" And when the commercials started playing on the scream, more screams. And when the preview for Twilight came on, additional jubilation. And when it was FINALLY time for The Hunger Games to begin, one set of screams and silence.
Teenage girls are funny (and annoying). They obviously can't handle awkward situations like loving glances between a male and female character or a brutal plea to end ones life from another character. There were giggles in the strangest places throughout the movie and to be honest, it threw me off of my concentration. There were also gasps in certain places which confused me because HELLO, you've read the books right? You knew that was going to happen. And when cheering took place at the end of the actual hunger games, I turned to my sister-in-law and said "yeah, it doesn't turn out so well."
I left the theater at 2:36 and got home in record time and was in bed at 3:00 a.m. I was still high from my caffeine and couldn't fall asleep right away which made me a bit worried but I just relaxed and eventually dozed off.
My thoughts on the movie:
I thought it was good. Not great. Not an award winning film. But I enjoyed it and found myself tensed up in certain parts even though I knew what was going to happen. I admit to forgetting about some things that happened so it was kind of nice to be surprised. You can't fit a 400 page book into a 2 hour and 22 minute movie so I know that characters can't be developed all the way and plot lines can't be completely hashed out and that is okay. I think it was well made, stayed true to the book and set up "Catching Fire" nicely. I really loved the last scene. It was chilling! I'm going to re-read Catching Fire soon so I can be reminded of what happens since I admit to not remembering most of the details of that book.
And yes, I actually do want to go see the movie again. Maybe an early morning weekend showing so I won't be surrounded by teens.