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Chris Hewitt’s “Positively Explosive” Lacks Deep J-Law Sizzle

In response to Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)’s 567‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Chris Hewitt has crafted a visually pleasing review with “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire review: Positively explosive,” but he only hints at various themes without going full-Panem. One can appreciate the elegant quality of the artist’s phrasing, however the work is far from worthy of having its own room in an art gallery.

Positively explosive opens with a dark and somewhat weak opening statement, which leads the reader on a  journey through summary and the somber quality of the franchise. One can sympathize with the characters through Hewitt’s crafting, but also look forward to a possible mind-stimulating review.

Hewitt acknowledges director Francis Lawrence in the middle section of Positively explosive, and great directorial minds will surely appreciate the devotion to craft that is on display here. The critic allows one to understand the vast world of Panem, and the way in which Lawrence brings it to the big screen. Setting is important, and Hewitt gently plops the reader down into the miserable land.

After a brief commentary on the humor of the film, Positively explosive fizzles out in the final three paragraphs. Hewitt ironically notes how the film is unable to find room for everything, but fails to dig deep himself. Where is the Jennifer Lawrence? How about the supporting cast? Hewitt covers the basics without exploring the film in depth.

Positively explosive is positively puny in vision and depth.    

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