The prequel, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was released theatrically in November and has just dropped on digital platforms, inviting mixed reviews from netizens.
Tom Blyth and Rachel Zegler in the film
The Hunger Games- The Ballad of Songbirds and snakes was released theatrically last month, on November 17, 2023. Having grossed $300 million internationally, the film has not been a flop, since it was one of the lowest budgets of the franchise, at only $100 million.
Starring the likes of Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Hunter Schafer, Viola Davis, Peter Dinklage, and Ashley Liao, the film was dutifully based on Suzanne Collins’ novel of the same name. It focused on a young President Snow’s story, more than six decades before the events of The Hunger Games.
Dropping on Lionsgate on December 19, 2023, the film is available to stream on Prime Video, Apple TV, and Google Play, at the behest of an additional fee. Since its release, fans have been talking about little else, from comparing its box office collections with the new Godzilla film to drooling over the hotness of Tom Blyth as a young Coriolanus Snow.
However, no film can be just a good or a bad one. Similarly, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes received handfuls of both from its viewers, though more of the latter than the former, thankfully. Some X users were all praises about their favorite part of the film, aka Coriolanthus Snow.
Others took to admiring the new and excellent villain of the film, Dr. Volumnia, the Head Gamekeeper, which was essayed by the versatile Viola Davis.
But there were viewers who did not enjoy the film as much as others.
However, the number of favorable reviews and reactions far exceeded the negative ones, with some even diving in to defend the film.
A matter of huge pride for any film is to inspire the viewers to read the book it was based on and the film achieves that as well.