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Glenn Lovell Works From a Checklist in “Catching Fire”

In response to Glenn Lovell’s 547‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on CinemaDope 

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Glenn Lovell has added to the pile of average five-hundred words reviews with the formulaic “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” It’s backstory, plot summary and a quick role call…all the essentials for a checklist review.  

Catching Fire is an acceptable piece, but it’s just not that good or entertaining. Lovell opens the review without making any type of argument, rather taking three paragraphs to describe the power of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson).

Lovell resorts to the classic “Catching Fire” line to describe the progression of the plot, and essentially informs the reader that it helps to have seen the original. By this point it’s not difficult to imagine the critic screaming out “Let. The. Checklist. Games. BEGIN!“ 

Catching Fire hits all the right points by addressing each of the main players, but Bentley does nothing to set himself apart from other two-sentence critiques.

Director Francis Lawrence gets one long sentence in Catching Fire, and the star—Jennifer Lawrence—is given two. Yes, two whole sentences. There is a supreme lack of J-Law sizzle in the piece, and it’s really quite amazing how every five-hundred word review barely gives Lawrence any thought. The rest of the critique consists of Lovell rushing through the supporting cast until the checklist is finally completed by acknowledging the score. Whew. Robot critique.

Catching Fire is more of the same.    

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