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Bill Gibron’s “Hunger Games” Is a Solid Competitor

In response to Bill Gibron’s 709‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Film Racket

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It might not be the wittiest review you’ll read on the Hunger Games sequel. Nor is it the most poetic or profound. It’s doesn’t offer deeper critique or funnier puns than its competitors, but you’d be hard pressed to find a review that performs as solidly in every one of these categories as Bill Gibron’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

Gibron is a jack of all trades and he’s plied them all here, crafting a satisfying package that delivers everything you need in a piece of film criticism.

You’ve got great pacing that moves everything along briskly. You’ve got effortless flow that keeps the piece buoyant in spots that threaten to sag. You’ve got a unique premise that threads the review with a new perspective. You’ve got humor to keep the proceedings light. And, of course, you’ve got insightful critiques.

Gibron weaves his critiques into the narrative rather than adhering to a strict structure and it works. The director “has the necessary future shock sensibilities,” the cast of new faces “create the most interest,” and Jennifer Lawrence is “the heart of the film.”

This is an immensely satisfying piece and, if it’s the only one you read on Catching Fire, you’ll be in good hands.    

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