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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat’s “Catching Fire” Doesn’t Work as a Review

In response to Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat’s 1513‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Spirituality and Practice

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, the husband and wife team behind Spirituality and Practice, tackle the spiritual issues in their review of the popular young adult series with “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. “ 

Now, as you’d expect from a site called Spirituality and Practice, the film reviews don’t do much reviewing and instead use movies as a launching pad for discussions of the metaphysical, wellness, and intentional living. This is a wonderful service and certainly does a lot of good, but as an evaluation of the merits of a film, there’s not much here to praise.

The critiques are of the character’s decisions and the moral questions those decisions raise. While the cast is analyzed briefly, there’s not a single mention of the quality of the direction, the production design or even the script.

This is also a spoiler minefield. In order to tease out the film’s spiritual lessons, the Brussats go into excruciating detail in describing individual scenes so, if you have not seen the film, steer clear until you do.

The writing is competent and assured, but at an epic 1513 words, even solid writing starts to show its seams.

This is worthy stuff as a study in the spiritual, but as a review, it can’t be given a passing grade.    

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