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Jordan Hoffman Experiences Religious Conversion Reviewing “Catching Fire”

In response to Jordan Hoffman’s 829‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on ScreenCrush

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Jordan Hoffman’s “‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Review” is more religious conversion than review of the second movie adaptation of a popular young adult science fiction book trilogy.

Readers can be assured that Hoffman’s conversion is genuine by virtue of the fact that Catching Fire Review opens by documenting his lukewarm reaction to the first film. Regarding the second? Well, he tells us he is ready after the closing credits to get the following tattooed over his heart: “I will lay down my life for you, Katniss Everdeen, because you are the first and finest true hero of 21st century cinema.” (Ouch!)

Hyperbole aside, Hoffman does an excellent job setting forth the case for his conversion. His analysis of the movie, in particular the fear-based underpinnings of the social system Katniss lives in, rises higher than the average review. He praises Jennifer Lawrence without engaging in the gushing the lithe, comely actress seems to inspire in so many other (older, male) reviewers.

Unfortunately, he ends the review on a strange note: directly quoting an exchange between himself and a friend that sounds much more stilted and reviewer-like than his actual review.

Still, this is a solid piece from a smart reviewer who knows a worthy movie when he sees one—and can explain why it’s worthy.    

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