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Will Leitch’s “Killing Jennifer Lawrence” Is One Odd Duck

In response to Will Leitch’s 752‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Deadspin

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A few questions come to mind when reading Will Leitch’s “Killing Jennifer Lawrence:  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Reviewed. What is a sports website doing reviewing a Hunger Games movie? Did they mistake it for a documentary about a real sport? A what’s up with all the paragraphs being numbered?

The answer to the first question turns out to be that it is part of a series of movies reviews produced by Deadspin, despite the reviews not fitting in with their sports-related content (unless you count the Hunger Games as a sport, in which case you should know that the film is not a documentary). The answer to the second question is a bit more elusive. Maybe someone fell asleep in the editing room.

At any rate, the review sticks out like a sore thumb, and like a sore thumb it is not very pleasant to look at. It has all the weight of a dirigible made of crepe paper. Not only does Leitch fail to take the movie seriously, he does not seem to take the art of reviewing a movie seriously, either.

Perhaps it’s too much to ask for someone who is used to writing about sports to write about movies. They’re two totally different genres. Sports are about muscle and competition. Movies are about thought and introspection. Killing Jennifer Lawrence succeeds in none of those categories.    

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