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Bradshaw’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Has a Fire of Its Own

In response to Paul M. Bradshaw’s 737‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Total Film 

http://www.totalfilm.com/reviews/cinema/the-hunger-games-catching-fire

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For the sequel to 2012’s Total Film review of The Hunger Games, the reins have been handed over to Paul Bradshaw for a grittier, more violent review with “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

A lot has changed since the review of the first movie debuted. The actors have aged, the stakes have gotten higher, and the fight for box office dollars has gotten more violent. There are high expectations going into a review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and thankfully Bradshaw lives up to those expectations.

Bradshaw does not shy away from violence with his review. He depicts scenes of extraordinary brutality—rare for a review of a movie based on a YA franchise. The violence is never gratuitous, though. Instead it is in service to the cause of giving readers an understanding of what they are in for with the film.

There isn’t an over-reliance on violence for shock value, either, Instead, Bradshaw balances it out with well-formed, thoughtful opinions on the film and its strengths and weaknesses. He doesn’t pull any punches, but he is also careful to let the film’s strengths shine through rather than drowning the review in negativity.

When the expectations are as high as they are with reviews of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, it takes a deft touch to deliver the goods. Bradshaw does so, though, and one can only hope that he sticks around for the next installment.    

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