The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes - All You Need To Know
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes Release Date
What Is 'The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes' About?
“Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol.” Assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, a tribute from impoverished District 12, Snow finds himself entangled in a race against time, blending instincts for showmanship with political savvy, as they strive to survive and reveal who is a "songbird" and who is a "snake."
Which Actors/Characters Are Returning In This Prequel?
- Peter Dinklage plays Dean Casca Highbottom, the creator of the actual Games.
- Hunter Schafer portrays the young version of Tigris Snow.
- Viola Davis takes on the role of the cruel Dr. Volumnia Gaul, a.k.a the Head Gamemaker.
- Tom Blyth plays Coriolanus Snow, the future dictator of Panem
- Dexter Sol Ansell plays a younger Coriolanus Snow
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Reviews From Critics
As of the moment of writing, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes has received a Rotten Tomatoes score of 66%. The critics' consensus reads:
"An outstanding cast and exciting story help make The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes a worthy return to Panem in spite of a rushed and somewhat frustrating ending."
Here are what some of the top critics on the site who gave the movie a Fresh Tomato score have to say about it:
- "Another rock-solid addition to the film franchise. Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes loses some steam in the last chapter, but the first two are phenomenal, and the cast is on point. Tom Blyth excels playing a protagonist with a deteriorating moral compass." - Perri Nemiroff, Collider Video.
- "Imagine if 'The Phantom Menace' was better than every episode of George Lucas’ original 'Star Wars' trilogy." - Brian Truitt, USA Today
- "A muddled but grimly compelling prequel to the hit franchise." - Tim Grierson, Screen International
- "Feels like a natural extension of the saga, balancing bloodsport, endangered young love and a heightened level of political commentary that respects the intelligence of young audiences as only Collins can." - Peter Debruge, Variety
- "It’s the origin story of Panem’s chief sociopath, president Coriolanus Snow (played by Donald Sutherland in the original films), that instead feels like the yassification of a future monster." - Clarisse Loughrey, Independent (UK)
On the other hand, not all critics liked the film:
- "This movie finally ties itself into various knots to prefigure the later world of Katniss, but the time to end the Games came long ago." - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
- "Even devotees of Collins’s book might walk away from this adaptation calloused and confused, so rushed does the final turn of Corio’s screw feel." - Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail
- "Songbirds and Snakes is divided into three chapters, and there’s something heart-sinking about realizing that, after the Hunger Games sequence plays out, the movie still has one more chapter to go." - Alonso Duralde, The Film Verdict