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Eric Kohn Swings for the Fences, Grounds Out in “Double Bill”

In response to Eric Kohn’s 846‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on indieWIRE

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Eric Kohn, marries two disparate films in his “Review: Why ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ And ‘Philomena’ Form An Unlikely Double Bill.” Kohn’s contention is that both films detail the “plight of an innocent woman fighting against the restrictions of a society that has forced her to reckon with terrible circumstances.”

It’s a worthy premise, to be sure, but in combining the two reviews, he’s neglected to properly critique either one. Kohn is so eager to draw comparisons that he forgets to actually review the films on their individual merits, instead contrasting the two films against one another as if anyone going to the cinema this weekend will be facing this dilemma (on a side note, stay tuned for Kohn’s next double bill, Robocop vs.  The Diving Bell and the Butterfly).

Catching Fire’s director isn’t mentioned once, nor is the direction given a single thought. There’s no consideration given to the actor’s performances and not one mention of the story’s pacing or effectiveness. Same goes for the cinematography, special effects, and the score. Zilch. Zip. Zero.

The writing is accomplished, which would make this a satisfying read if it were anything other than a film review.

It’s not and it isn’t.    

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