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“Fast and Firm” by Matt Pais Is Absolutely Ridiculous

In response to Matt Pais’s 510‑word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on RedEye,0,129955.column

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Matt Pais is clearly an entertainer, but his latest “critique” offers almost nothing of value about the actual film.

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire review: Fast and firm,” is a flimsy, high-school effort that has more to say about appearances than anything else. It’s classic fluff, suitable for an E! Online crowd, as opposed to offering legitimate analysis.

It’s not a huge surprise that Pais references pop culture in the opening line of Fast and Firm. The audience will immediately learn about the end credits of the film, and also the lyrics of the latest Coldplay tune. The critic makes sure to note that one may feel a connection to song, however they are not necessarily indicative of the film as a whole. So…welcome to the Pais Experience.

Fast and Firm is almost over after three paragraphs of plot summary. The big question is—will the critic bring the critique? Or will he fade out with more pop culture references and ignore the content of the film?

Paid manages to produce a line or two of critique in Fast and Firm, and it’s a monumental event. He acknowledges the direction of Francis Lawrence, and produces a brief “fear vs hope” commentary. Unfortunately, Pais moves on to reference Lady Gaga, and the only thing he can muster up about Katniss (the main character) is a strange sentence on sweat and dehydration.

Does Pais bring the J-Law in Fast and Firm? Yes. He describes her as Jennifer “Totally Awesome” Lawrence.

Fast and Firm is absolutely ridiculous.    

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