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Nell Minow Buries the Lead in “Catching Fire”

In response to Nell Minow’s 896‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on Beliefnet

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Oftentimes, when movie reviewers go about sizing up a film based on its moral content or objectionable material, it comes at the cost of real critique. (, for instance, makes dirty words the only criteria of a film’s worth.)

Not so with Nell Minow. She’s a real critic who happens to provide a service to help parents decide whether a movie is appropriate or not. When she gets down to reviewing, she can critique with the best of them, and she proves it again in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

Her analysis is so good, in fact, that it’s frustrating to see it so deeply buried in the review. Minow devotes an inordinate amount of time to plot description. Nearly half the review is spent recapping. Perhaps this is another way to fully inform parents about the content, but it drags on too long and makes readers slog through too much exposition before getting to the merits of the film. Minow’s writing is good but not captivating enough to make the dry rehashing entertaining.

There are a few spoilers that come in the form of questions for families to consider about the film. Obviously, avoid these until after you’ve seen the movie.    

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