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Devin Faraci’s “Hunger Games” Lacks Brevity, Still Wins Big

In response to Devin Faraci’s 2121‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Badass Digest

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Never let it be said the Devin Faraci is a lazy critic. His review, “THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Movie Review: A Subversive, Exciting SciFi Epic,” is not so much an article as it is a tome. At 2121 words, this may even qualify as a novel.  

And for those willing to plumb its depths, it’s a good one. There’s a lot to discover here and they’ll be rewarded with rich, intelligent critique, thoughtful insights, and prose that’s (mostly) strong enough to heft this weighty stuff on its back.

And it does get heavy at times. Not in a philosophical way, necessarily, but a review of this size has time to explore avenues that other, more diminutive pieces could never tackle. For true lovers of the medium, this is a beautiful thing. Faraci’s got a brilliant movie mind and the extra space here affords him the freedom to stretch his critical tentacles into every delicious nook and cranny.

A magnum opus like this could easily become ponderous, but Faraci’s pen is deft enough to keep the proceedings highly readable, a gargantuan task and one for which he deserves endless kudos.

This one’s not for the faint of heart, but for the right audience, it’s a masterpiece.    

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