I'm pleased with what was done to make up for the silly source material. I found the film very enjoyable, and I'd gladly see it a second time. I've always enjoyed the way the films were made in this saga, but this one was great.
Cinematography was good, but perhaps not the strongest in the series. The score was marvelous (caught a snatch of Desplat's New Moon theme in the opening), though the choir in the battle may have been a tad ambitious.
The acting was the most solid in the series, particularly from Kristen. I'm rather tired of Rob's mumbling though, and Taylor has elevated himself from 'not very good' to 'nothing negative to say' in my eyes. Michael Sheen is fun to watch, though there were some moments he was a tad silly. Jamie Bower looked like he might've been trying to take a page out of Sheen's book, but I'm glad he actually had some degree of focus for once.
The battle was very entertaining, and I'm satisfied with the twist. I liked it a lot, because it stayed true to the book and still offered entertainment value. It also made Aro look like a villain rather than the giggling idiot he was in the book. The ending was great, and I thought the closing credits was a good idea. I found that quite lovely.
My only complaints are the CGI baby, which could've been better, but I understand what they were trying to do. Giving the film opening credits was a weird thing to do, despite the films never having them before. And as I said, a bit of the acting.
Overall, very enjoyable. I'd gladly watch it again.
I actually have a recurring theme for each of the books themselves, seeing as they're named after objects in the story.
Book One: Mermaids from On Stranger Tides Book Two: The Great Eatlon from Lady in the Water Book Three: Airbender Suite from The Last Airbender Book Four: Gotham's Reckoning/The Fire Rises from Guess The Fuck What.
Guys, I just finished watching the film. This is the second viewing, and in my first in the cinema I was too entrapped in the book coming to life than to actually analyse it as a film (some film student I am XD). But seriously, after this second viewing, just fuck everyone who hates the shakycam, the pacing, the cinematography. I was in absolute awe at how well it works. It feels just so raw, especially the entire District Twelve sequence, but especially the reaping day. It's just...perfect. I'm really interested to see how the new director will handle Catching Fire. I don't want it to be too different, and I don't want it to look neater or more cinematically refined. I want it to look messy, because it captures it so well. Gah. Okay, I'm done. Going to sleep now.