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And as the first set of screenings began to let out, Twitter was ablaze with praise for the movie. "THG" and #HungerGames trended for several hours following the debut, and tweeters were at the ready with their 140-character-or-less reactions.
Here are a few (unedited) that came our way.
What Was the Best Scene?
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@Cheishya Favorite scene has to be the beginning of the games when katniss bumped into foxface!
@M_D1976 The 3 finger salute with district 11 was heartbreaking...
@thee_cachie Fav. Scene Katniss getting stung by tracker jackers & has hallucinations.The dream sequence w/her fathers story
@N_KINLAW when Katniss defies the Capital & when Katniss kills to try to protect Rue
@MonsterMaX3 The 1st scene w/ Katniss and Cinna when he introduces himself. And the one where he readys her for the Games
@MsRosie89 Rue's burial scene! The most touching as well.
@kiwistew the blowing up of the food/supplies at the cornicopia, rues death, trackerjacker attack
@GraceSimms The Rue parts were hands down the best.
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How Was Jennifer Lawrence As Katniss?
@readsthings JL was perfect Katniss. Every flinch/grimace/smile really meant something. The scene with Rue was brutally raw in the best way
@MsAnnie26 She OWNED it!
@kayliebot Jennifer Lawrence IS Katniss
@_iwry_ she's perfect as Katniss!
@lostinsuburbia Amazing. She was the perfect Katniss.
@mel452 She nailed the real emotional scenes & the close ups really showed she was feeling it all.
@rpattznurse Definitely Katniss. Jennifer did a great job. I really did feel scared for her.
How Was Josh Hutcherson As Peeta?
@Annabella_Prinx I think he's a really good actor, I've followed his career since he was just a kid and I'm convinced by his role as Peeta
@teamcullen4 I loved the Kat and Peeta scenes but I wish there would have been more.
@lisey_t I thought Josh was the perfect Peeta. He played him the exact way I fell in love with him in the book
@Gina_Mendez Loved him so much. Perfect Peeta!
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@Hazeleyedkell21 goood! But the camera angles gave me a headache after a while
@evicort the movie was well translated,I expected a bit more from the cave, the small details made the movie like Cinna eyes and Haymitch's sweetheart, Effie's reactions,Jennifer did an excellent Katniss & Caesar Flickerman was AWESOME. Peeta & Gale didn't sell it, at least for me, will watch it again nevertheless
@BalancingAct_ I can't pick just one favourite scene. I thought the whole movie was great!
@ForReelBlog GREAT movie!!! Loved it!!!
@Mama_Cougar I saw/felt zero chemistry between Katniss and any male character, except maybe Cinna.
@OCtwilightmom I LOVED how they portrayed the president and the game makers, it was fantastic to have that insight to their characters and scenes that did happen, but werent in the book.
@A_Bitten_Diva Amazing cast. Amazing adaption. Incredibly emotionally invoking. Rue's death gutted me. I was disgusted. I laughed. I sobbed.
@stinamarielucas couldn't have been better! It was amazing! I really felt it and i was so happy w/ how it was adapted.
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