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Ben Mortimer’s Passion Just Saves “Catching Fire”

In response to Ben Mortimer’s 532‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on HeyUGuys

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Ben Mortimer is a fan of the Hunger Games series. This can often sound the death knell for a critic trying to review the film adaptation as personal prejudices about the books become difficult to keep at bay.

It’s nearly impossible to judge an adaptation fairly when you’ve read the books, and, while Mortimer has not completely succeeded here, he’s at least kept “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review“ from devolving into whiny, fan boy protestations.

No, Mortimer just side steps geek hell here and manages to provide, with a few exceptions, a fair analysis of the second entry in the Hunger Games franchise.

It’s an “accessible and entertaining” film that uses “the veneer of luxury to amplify the themes of control, sacrifice, and cruelty” but whose “third act ends half-way through, just as it feels like we should be reaching the climax.”

These are all perfectly valid and independent of the book and they’d make this a must read if Mortimer’s writing could carry them more effortlessly.

The prose is uneven; at times readers are blessed with a beautiful turn of phrase, but oftentimes the writing feels pained and struggles to find a consistent flow.

If you’re a fan of the books, this one is worth a look. If not, there are better offerings out there.    

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