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Peter Canavese Struggles Hard in “Catching Fire”

In response to Peter Canavese’s 506‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Groucho Reviews

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Peter Canavese offers a movie summary in the disturbingly weak pseudo-review that is “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” The only real critique comes near the end of the review, in which the critic compares the film to the life of a Hollywood star.

Canavese fails to make it rain with knowledge in Catching Fire, and one may even consider the possibility that actual rain has damaged the critic’s computer. The critic recaps the action, offers a few thoughts and calls it a day.

It’s not difficult to find the major flaws in Catching Fire. Canavese fails to produce any critique on the performance of Jennifer Lawrence (the main attraction), and only hints at the direction of Francis Lawrence. One will learn that the film has a star and director, but certainly won’t gain any insight on what they bring to the film.

The supporting cast is given the obligatory-mention treatment, but Canavese at least manages to come up with adjectives such as “hunky” and “hotheaded” to describe the characters. Not much happens in Catching Fire, and the critic offers the reader just enough to prove that he has seen the film. The absence of analysis is highly problematic.

Catching Fire is a movie summary that could be matched by anyone who has seen the film.    

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