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Rob Vaux’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Is an Entrancing Narrative

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Rob Vaux’s “Mania Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is driven by something grander than critique and the narrative that the film seems to be shouting echoes heavily in Rob Vaux’ write up of the film.

Normally when something begins with “once upon a time….” there is something innate in most people that almost send them into shutdown mode or at the very least half-listening mode. Somehow Vaux dodges the familiar and gives readers a genuine narrative to work with as well as an excellent critique.

Treating review as story works well for the writer as he spends enough time talking about the film outlining on only the important plot elements and for the A+ he manges to insert some political commentary as well.

This kitchen sink method normally fails as the elements just don’t work or the writer bites off more than they can chew; that is not the case with Vaux’s Catching Fire.

The writer does his best impression of Johnny Tightlips. There aren’t many revelations here other than some thematic points being made by the critic but those don’t spoil anything in the scheme of things.

Anything but cliche and everything but familiar Vaux’s take on Catching Fire is sure to ignite discussion of this hotly anticipated sequel (fire pun quota exceeded).    

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