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Emma Simmonds Plays Dartboard Film Criticism in “Catching Fire”

In response to Emma Simmonds’s 302‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on The List

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Emma Simmonds is so unbelievably brief and vague in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” that one has to question whether she actually saw  the film. There is nothing in the work that can’t be found in the trailer, and the effort is the epitome of laziness.

Simmonds Catching Fire has a gigantic header image of Jennifer Lawrence, which is undoubtedly the highlight of the piece. Unfortunately, Simmonds is unable to produce any original thoughts about Lawrence or the character of Katniss. It’s almost an unforgivable mistake that will baffle readers worldwide, and some will simply cry out with nervous laughter. This is what can happen when Katniss is disrespected.

Simmonds surprisingly acknowledges the new director Francis Lawrence in the introductory paragraph. It’s not uncommon to see a critic accomplish such a feat in legitimate reviews, but for Simmonds it’s a huge victory. Of course the critic fails to provide any commentary on the actual direction of the film.

Plot? Well, Simmonds references “the visual and narrative variety,” which is a stylized way to say that the film is indeed a film with thoughts. The movie is also “tightly-plotted” and “superbly performed” but the critic just won’t say why. One may ponder the idea of a film criticism dartboard where vague statements are chosen with a quick flick of the wrist, although even that much work might be giving the critic too much credit.    

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