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Eric Eisenberg’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Is a Slow Burn

In response to Eric Eisenberg’s 744‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on

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There is a lot of interest generated in the topic of the Hunger Games series and Eric Eisenberg exploits that interest with his “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” a review of the film by the same name. He approaches his subject with the enthusiasm of a 12 year-old girl, all excitement and praise for the YA film with only a couple small caveats.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a little excitement, but here the excitement feels perfunctory, even a bit hollow, as if Eisenberg were merely writing what he felt like he was expected to write.

He does at least back up his enthusiasm with his analysis of the film, so whether or not that enthusiasm is genuine, he at least makes his case for it. The problem is that it seems a little unbalanced. The film’s negative qualities are glanced over, as if Eisenberg didn’t want to dwell on them lest he should stray from the narrative of the film’s quality.

The ending of Catching Fire is a bit unsatisfying, like Eisenberg ran out of steam. Rather than tie the various threads of the review together, the final paragraph starts a new thread and then abruptly shifts gears and segues into a mention of the next sequel to come. That’s all well and good, but let’s not count our mockingjays before they’re hatched.    

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