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Kofi Outlaw’s “Out of the Furnace” Offers Scorching Critique

In response to Kofi Outlaw’s 831‑word review of Out of the Furnace on ScreenRant

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Pardon the digression, but upon seeing the name Kofi Outlaw, it’s impossible not to picture the former U. N. Secretary General robbing trains on horseback or stockpiling weapons for a final showdown with Johnny Law. That is all.

Now back to the regularly schedule program: Kofi Outlaw’s (giggle) take on director Scott Cooper’s award season hopeful, “‘Out of the Furnace’ Review.”

Outlaw dispenses with the plot recap quickly, devoting two small paragraphs to it in the open and then moving on to the heart of the review.

It’s the critique where Furnace Review really earns its stripes. Outlaw moves with purpose and confidence through paragraph after paragraph of richly detailed analysis that will satisfy even the most particular film buffs. This is by-the-book film critique in terms of structure—there’s a paragraph devoted to each of the pillars of criticism, and that keeps the whole thing chugging along at an appropriate pace even when the prose falters a bit from time to time.

That’s not to say the writing isn’t good. In fact, taken as a whole, it’s fantastic. But awkwardly phrased sentences crop up now and again and the ending, in particular, feels like an incomplete afterthought.

Aside from these minor issues, though, this one delivers the goods.    

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