Movies  •  Critics  •  About
Existimatum  >  Movies  >  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire  >  Reviews  >  Village Voice

Stephanie Zacharek Has Men on Her Mind in “Catching Fire”

In response to Stephanie Zacharek’s 1070‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Village Voice

By ,

Stephanie Zacharek turns her review of the second installment of the teen on teen violence franchise, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Is a Delicious Middle Course,” into a lengthy discussion on gender roles.

Is Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Katniss Everdeen, an empowered heroine on the same level as Twilight‘s Bella Swan? Is she a role model? More importantly, which handsome boy will Everdeen choose and what does it mean?

These are questions Zacharek raises several times throughout her work and they’re certainly worthy fodder for argument; women have been given short shrift in the role model department for too long. However, this is a review of a film, and, while this discussion could serve as an interesting B story, it becomes a problem when it dominates the proceedings to the detriment of real critique.

This is a longer review than most, meaning Zacharek has more than enough time to give a thorough analysis, but she instead fills her piece with the aforementioned discourse and far too much rehashing of the plot. Which means readers will have to slog through a fair amount of what feels like filler to get to anything offering opinion.

Zacharek may raise valid points here, but she doesn’t offer enough criticism of the film itself to make this one worthwhile.    

Quality of Writing Quality of Argument Spoiler Avoidance Presentation