The main problems were the lack of character development. They didn't expand on characters when they needed to most and when they did it took away the mood or tone from the movie.
The thing that bugged me they most was the horrible cinematography! When there was 5 people or less in a scene(which is the majority of the time) the camera was held 1-12 inches away from there face! No joke! I know what they were trying to go for by telling a story through facial expressions. I get that. It just didn't have to be the whole dang movie! It was pointless. We can see the facial expressions on their faces when the camera is 3 feet away from them. I thought they would learn from their mistake the made in the first 20 minutes of the first one, but they didn't. They just made it worse. There is no use for the camera being held 3 inches away from their faces. Again, it was poorly executed. It took away from my enjoyment from the film. Not to mention it took 1 hour and 30 minutes to actually get to the games!
As I said above there were characters that were poorly developed. However, there were some that were well developed such as the characters played by Hutcherson, Lawrence, Seymour Hoffman, and Sutherland. Those 4 people were the things that brought this movie back from the dumps. They were the redeeming quality that saved this movie. Lets start of with Phillip Seymour Hoffman's portrayal as Plutarch Heavensbee. He was such a convincing character. He was a great part of the film. He was not overused or underused, and he did awesome in his role. This was the movie for Josh Hutcherson (Peta) to shine. As we get to experience the trials that Peta faces as he struggles to overcome them brings a welcome depth to his character. Donald Sutherland's portrayal of President Snow made me hate him with all my guts. (It's actually the only thing I hated in it that made it good.) The best thing about this movie (I know this is stereotypical) but I have to say Jennifer Lawrence. She is so beautiful in this movie. Not only that I think she gives a performance of a life time. Is it Oscar worthy, probably not. This is the best we have seen her. She is so beautiful and such a talented actor. I would go see it just because of her.