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Tim Grierson’s “Catching Fire” Smolders With Solid Critique

In response to Tim Grierson’s 808‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Screen International

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Tim Grierson’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” takes a little while to get going, dilly dallying with the plot for three paragraphs before getting to the good stuff (though there is a handy dandy quick-hit analysis in bold at the top).

It’s a slow burn, but the flames pick up about half way through, as Grierson’s spot on critiques really hit their stride. The actors’ performances are profiled (Jennifer Lawrence, as Katniss Everdeen, gets most of the lathering), the direction is discussed at length and the film itself “lacks much of a moral thrust regarding the striking scenario it depicts” and “merely reheats thrills that were fresher a year ago.”

Grierson is a consummate pro here, moving with considerable grace from salient point to salient point, his pen never at rest as he traverses this well-structured review.

The prose serves its subject matter well. It exudes the confidence of a veteran scribe, and, while Grierson’s businesslike approach might have a tendency to stagnate, for the more analytical minded folks out there, this will feel like a feast.

Steady, assured writing, deep critical dissection, and good, structured pacing make this one of the better reviews out there for The Hunger Games:  Catching Fire.    

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