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Katherine Monk’s “Manly Melodrama” Is Overcooked With Metaphors

In response to Katherine Monk’s 854‑word review of Out of the Furnace on

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Katherine Monk focuses more on catchy phrasing than deep critique in her latest work “Movie review: Out of the Furnace a manly melodrama.” There is plenty to enjoy in the lengthy review, but the critic delivers a stick-and-move performance and never commits fully to one specific area. One will be left with plenty o’ Monk-isms, but won’t necessarily be enlightened about the film.

It’s not that Monk isn’t clear about her argument in Manly Melodrama, but her writing strays from pure critique and leans toward stylistic metaphors. One may kick back in the ol’ chair, and wonder when the critic will get down to business.

The opening phrasing of “Bleeding the biblical artery of brotherly love” is pleasant to read, but Manly Melodrama continues on with such statements rather than truly exploring the plot and characters. For example, the lead performer Christian Bale is simply noted as having “grounded confidence” at the end of the review. Elegant writing cannot save this structural flaw.

Monk does succeed with her look at director Scott Cooper in Manly Melodrama and all his bromance techniques that convey the deconstruction of the American Dream through violent bloodshed. However, when it comes to dig deep, the critic resorts to an Anchorman reference. It’s a funny moment, but just another example of Monk holding herself back from deep critique.

Manly Melodrama is overcooked with metaphors.    

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