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Tony Macklin’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Not Blase

In response to Tony Macklin’s 487‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on

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Tony Macklin takes a largely underage readership back to old school in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, and the trip is rather enlightening, especially for those without much life experience beyond TV.

Where his subject matter is too-often seen as purely (or should I say ‘impurely’?) action for its own sake, Macklin takes the well-spent time to evoke qualities both timeless and appealing to readers of any age---humanity and its finest honing, humaneness.

Hence, we must forgive Macklin for a) not being on Twitter and b) misspelling ‘surviver’.

For what survives his keyboard’s lone mistake is a vivid air of contemplation; he seems to even whisper between lines of specific analysis the haunting proposition: “Why is it ‘only human’ to treat our fellows cruelly & ‘only humane’ to show kindness to lesser creatures?”

Even while giving the TV-spawned genre of ‘reality show’ its left-handed due, Macklin succeeds in finding the few core virtues that may make it compelling---not the T& A titillation, or even the often toothless, bearded freakiness per se of its participants, but, rather, the teamwork and, yes, the latent humaneness waiting to be summoned.

And, so, in the otherwise low camp trope of over-the-top flamboyance that even old school Liberace ostentates might shun, Macklin evinces a kind of pathos in the shameless and thinly veiled sham of a state apparatus exploiting its young from which emerges a nouveau Jean d’Arc hearing the voice of her own humanity.    

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