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Gibbs’s “Fighting Spirit” Is More Interested in Characters Then Critique

In response to Ed Gibbs’s 768‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on The Sunday Age

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There are some reviewers out there who seem to think a discussion of the characters’ motivations and inner conflicts constitutes a critique of the film. Ed Gibbs’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire review: Fighting spirit” is a perfect example of this particularly insidious form of glorified plot synopsizing.

Yes, Gibbs does offer some criticism of the direction and he does critique some of the actors’ performances, but aside these few short lines, readers are left with very little on which to hang their hats.

There’s detailed talk of Katniss Everdeen’s dilemma: her “heart appears to lie with another,” but “must pursue duty over matters of the heart” and “embodies the enduring, fighting spirit of the everyman.”

Readers want a critique of the film, not insight into the particulars of Suzanne Collins’s creations, but Gibbs seems more involved in Everdeen’s plight and the inner workings of the Panem regime than he is with the merits of the actual film.

The prose works just fine; it’s not poetic and it tends to lose its way at times in the flow department, but, seen as a whole, it gets the job done.

This one doesn’t offer enough legitimate critique to warrant a read.    

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