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Jonathan Hickman’s Review of “Catching Fire” Is Confused

In response to Jonathan W. Hickman’s 1001‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Daily Film Fix

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Jonathan Hickman’s review of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is an obvious, mediocre review with a strange undercurrent.

The first sentence sets the tone for the rest of the piece. To wit: “Sexless and relatively bloodless [the movie] is about as good a follow-up to the 2012 hit as one could possibly imagine.” Unclear are Hickman’s motivations in pointing out the obvious—of course, a PG-13 movie about a young adult novel is going to be sexless and relatively bloodless.

Later he says he doesn’t believe that Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss didn’t go further sexually with her on screen love interests. “I did not buy that there wasn’t something more than just an occasional stolen kiss between them.”

Well, sure, adolescents the age of Katniss can totally have hot monkey sex; but for the movie’s purposes, her erotic longings need only be implied and only to complicate her decision-making process.

Hickman’s point becomes slightly clearer while discussing the sanitized violence of the film. He finds the stylized depictions and sudden cuts away from the potential gore manipulative.

But what’s the alternative? Showing Katniss and her love interest nude and coiled around each other like snakes in post-coital bliss? Showing the bloody skin sloughing off a person being whipped?   

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