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Jules Brenner’s “Catching Fire” Is the Rare Filibuster Review

In response to Jules Brenner’s 1108‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Cinema Signals

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Jules Brenner gets a big E for Effort in his latest crafting for cinema, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” however for content the critic gets an enormous B for Bore. Despite a few minor highlights, the most positive aspect of the piece is that it could result in a new club called JBEB, which has a catchy ring.

The content of Catching Fire is vast and sprawling, however some readers may be reminded of a politician reading a filibuster. Brenner goes on and on with without saying a whole lot, and one may ponder if there is a hidden meaning within the text.

Brenner doesn’t make a clear statement at the beginning of Catching Fire, which is problematic, and although the several paragraphs of plot summary are informative, the critic doesn’t inject any sizzle, humor or anything that might make one want to continue reading.

Catching Fire isn’t a completely horrible review, but Brenner doesn’t allow one to be consumed by the experience with deep, deep commentary. One can enjoy the critic’s thoughts on the work of the Lawrence combo (director and actress), however Brenner moves from point to point as if he feels obliged to to mention rather critique.

A perfect example is the analysis of Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks). The critic states that “There’s much to be praised in her presence and performance,” and then transitions to a new paragraph without explaining why the performance is so good.

Jules Brenner has a solid framework in Catching Fire, but ultimately it’s a long review of one-two sentences combos of critique.    

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