Now on to the good stuff!
First of all, the movie: AMAZING. I know it's hard to convey my sincerity when my opinion is obviously biased, but it is truly a very well-made, true-to-the-original-format, book-to-screen movie. The acting was superb, I loved Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, and Josh Hutchinson did an excellent job playing Peeta. Their chemistry is vital to the plot (in my honest opinion) and they work very well together. The cinematic quality of the movie is beautiful. It has an artistic, tasteful skew on what could have been just plain cheesy (i.e.-- Hunger Games is nothing like the cheese-town USA Twilight movies) and I loved the soundtrack. It switches from haunting to exciting throughout the movie, and really adds that special touch. The director, Gary Ross, was also the director of Pleasantville and Seabiscuit, and Hunger Games is definitely as good (if not better) than those films. Whether you've read the book or not, you really should treat yourself to seeing this movie in the theatre. You will be on the edge of your seat the entire time. I'm so happy the movie was so good, because it would've been awkward having to pretend I liked it. SO-- I am being completely honest when I say: I loved the Hunger Games! Lionsgate and all involved did a great job. GO SEE IT!
One of the funnest things about seeing the premiere (besides the premiere itself), was seeing all the famous people. Billy and I are your regular small town parents who don't get out much, so to find ourselves just feet from Hollywood stars was thrilling. We had to act "cool" and "nonplussed" about the whole thing, but inside our heads and occasionally in frantic whispers to each other, we were screaming like little Justin Bieber fans. The most treasured encounter I had was when Matt introduced me to Suzanne Collins (the author of the Hunger Games). We were at the After Party, and it was really noisy, so I leaned in so I could whisper in her ear, and she kissed me on the cheek! I told her "I've loved you from the very beginning." Which I have. Matt also introduced me to Gary Ross, the director, and I tried very hard to act normal and casually tell him I enjoyed the movie and that I "couldn't wait to go home and tell all my friends to watch it." If you're curious, here are some pictures (from the internet, I didn't take any pictures) of some of the people we saw Monday night:
Fox face-- Tribute
Effie Trinket played by Elizabeth Banks
Two youngest Kardashian sisters (who btw look nasty and gross in real life)
Jennifer Lawrence (who, btw, looks gorgeous in real life)
I made eye contact with her! She smiled at me :)
Made eye contact with this girl too
She's one of the makeup people from the capitol
This little girl plays Rue. Kaisa and I actually talked to her in the bathroom before the movie. We had no idea who she was but she was wearing a darling dress and we told her we loved it.
I don't have a lot of pictures of the four of us from yet, but I'll upload what I have, and I'll upload more later as soon as I get them from Matt :)