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Erin Free’s “The Hunger” Is the Tease of Film Criticism

In response to Erin Free’s 347‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on FILMINK (Australia)

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Waiter? Do you only serve light salads? Perhaps I’ll go to another restaurant than serves more than croutons. Thanks!

Erin Free’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is a crouton of film criticism. However, it tastes so good because the writing is fantastic. Perhaps Free thought it was a half-day at work, or maybe a special holiday where readers rejoice over weak reviews. Where is the effort?

The three paragraphs of The Hunger are the perfect introduction for an amazing review, but Free astonishingly ends her work before one can even say Katniss Everdeen. The critic details the directorial background of the film, and produces tiny nuggets of sweet insight on the new director Francis Lawrence. Unfortunately, she calls it a day before one can get into the Free experience.

The middle paragraph of The Hunger is nothing but plot summary and cast mentions. One will learn the new players are “perfectly cast,” but Free refuses to explain why. Some readers may be reminded of potential suitors who teasingly smile and then walk away. Erin Free is a film criticism tease (at least in this review).

The Hunger concludes with a sentence on the director, and a sentence identifying the film as a “fuse” for the next two films. Game over. Drive home safely.

Erin Free’s The Hunger is far from large and in charge. It’s quite weak, and some may scream “Eek!”   

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