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Josh Larsen Delivers Solid “Hunger Games”

In response to Josh Larsen’s 557‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on LarsenOnFilm

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Josh Larsen’s “THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (2013)” is a great treatise on the newest entry in the behemoth young adult series.

The opening gives readers the requisite comparison to the first film. Will this one live up to the fairly high bar set by the first?

According to Larsen, it’s a resounding “yes” and he presents plenty of evidence to make his case. The film is a “well-crafted and superbly acted sci-fi dystopia that resonates with much of what’s happening in our current age.” The supporting cast is given kudos for adding some “amusing moments,” but mostly Larsen continues the ubiquitous trend of featuring unceasing adulation for Jennifer Lawrence’s performance. Nearly two paragraphs exist solely to give her props, which may seem excessive, but he never lets it get in the way of his other duties as a critic.

The piece, on occasion, comes precariously close to reviewing moments rather than movies, but Larsen manages to invariably keep at least one foot on solid ground at all times.

The writing is a fairly standard affair, but there are a few turns of phrase that shine and Larsen’s talent really shows when he allows himself to stray from the status quo. These brief glimpses reveal the potential for a great star of critique in the making.    

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