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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 Paws

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

Lions Gate Films, Color Force and Good Universe present a PG-13, 157-minute, Action, Adventure, Drama, directed by Francis Lawrence, written by Michael Lesslie, Michael Arndt and Suzanne Collins with a theater release of November 17, 2023.

Three years before the Hunger Games began, young Coriolanus (Dexter Sol Ansell) and young Tigris (Rosa Gotzler) would search the streets for food to help feed them and their Grandma’am (Fionnula Flanagan) as money was difficult to come by without father. Years later Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) has graduated top of his class from the Capitol but still without much money he has kept his life a secret since he was not privileged like many of the other students. He figured he would be receiving money for being a top student to help support Tigris (Hunter Schafer) and his Grandma’am but a twist was brought in to his disappointment.

It seems Dean Casca Highbottom (Peter Dinklage) and Dr. Volumnia Gaul (Viola Davis) have decided in order for the Hunger Games to continue due to low ratings they needed each of the graduates to mentor a boy or girl from each of the twelve districts. The one person left standing, that mentor will receive the rewards. Disappointed by the turn of events, Coriolanus was matched with Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler) who had a singing voice like a songbird. As the games began one by one the players killed each other until one person stayed standing. It is after this point that we got to see the loving and caring side of Coriolanus especially towards Lucy. Then as time moved on and situations began to change it was thereafter that the cruel and unforgiving Mr. Snow that we later know in the sequels as President of the Capitol did evil rear it’s dangerous head.

There are so many other things to discuss but I don’t want to give anything away. The film is brilliantly written and directed with wonderful cinematography and a suited score. I really enjoyed everything about the story itself other than the length. They most definitely could have shortened the story by at least 20 minutes but I was not bored once during the entire time. Blyth was amazing. As his adult character entered the story, I was a bit unsure if I would have liked him but as his character started to develop, I got won over. Schafer and Flanagan have small parts but added to the reasons of why Coriolanus was doing what he needed to do. I struggled slightly with Zegler, I felt like she kind of came in and out of her character a few times making her beautiful singing voice rise slightly above of her acting. Dinklage was brilliant but Davis was absolutely outstanding and could do no wrong. The supporting members of the story were stellar which helped to make this film worthy of a huge box office showing. As is in the title there were a number of birds and snakes in this film all seemingly treated well except for the experiments that took place in Dr. Gaul location involving other creatures.

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