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Christopher Orr’s “Leaner, Hungrier Hunger Games” Is Tasty and Satisfying

In response to Christopher Orr’s 952‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on The Atlantic

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Christoher Orr’s “Catching Fire: A Leaner, Hungrier Hunger Games” sates the appetite for solid movie reviewing and insight.

Leaner, Hungrier, like the best reviews, is adorned with a striking still from its subject movie, one that not only piques readers’ aesthetic interest in what’s to come but has a synergistic relationship with the meat of the review.

The still is of the main characters, glum and drab in their work clothes as they give a very Nazi looking salute. These two bookend an absurdly dressed woman—she looks like a giant canary and her legs have a not-humanly-possible slenderness to them.

The contrast between bizarro canary-woman and her young charges mirrors that which Orr sees between the first two installments of the Hunger Games series, i. e. Catching Fire is superior to the feather light first installment.

Orr expounds on his thesis in a smart, engaging way that appreciates the smaller, less towering performances that oftentimes make or break a movie. Refreshingly, he doesn’t hold the movie’s status as a big budget blockbuster against it, even as he assures readers that in terms of the overall story arc of the series, there isn’t much to surprise.

When he writes concerning Katniss’s choice to behave for her new masters or rebel, pointing out that “anyone familiar with the books, the movies, or the obligations of blockbuster cinema will have no difficulty guessing” which she chooses, he does so with a commendable lack of sarcasm.    

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