The first reviews have led to this The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes debuts with a fresh and respectable score on Rotten Tomatoes, but with a caveat.
The release is scheduled for November 17th. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes as debuted with a current rating of 67% fresh based on 46 reviews from Rotten tomatoes-recognized critics. Although unfortunately this makes the prequel the worst reviewed film of the year Hunger Games At this point in time, that is far from the case. Both 2014s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 and its 2015 sequel, Mockingjay, part 2, have a freshness rate of 70%. It means that The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes has a good chance of passing these two films and avoiding this award if subsequent reviews are largely positive. The original Hunger Gamespublished in 2012, has a score of 84% compared to 2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has the highest score in the series at 90%.
With The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the consensus is that the cast and story are exceptionally strong and stand out as the best aspects of the prequel. Fico Cangiano by CineXpress even called the film one of the “best”. The hunger Games Films” and added in his review: “The story of Coriolanus Snow’s rise to power is well realized by F. Lawrence in this colder, twistier and more interesting prequel.” “Rachel Zegler is phenomenal as the feisty Lucy Gray Baird.” Grace Randolph of Beyond the trailer similarly it says: “Tom Blyth and Viola Davis make this prequel sing. This is the best.” Hunger Games film since then catch fireand worth another trip to the arena.”
Some reviewers called the film “overlong”
Several reviews criticized the length of the film, calling it “overlong”, while another common complaint was that some of the more negative reviews were related to its ending. Daniel Baptista from The film podcast remarked, “Rachel Zegler is a scene stealer The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes But the third act completely derails the film and feels like a rushed ending to another film.” Perri Nemiroff from Collider described the film as “another rock solid addition to the film series” but added: “Ballad of songbirds and snakes Loses a bit of momentum in the final chapter, but the first two are phenomenal and the cast is right.”
According to the synopsis, the film follows “a young Coriolan (Tom Blyth) who is the last hope for his failing lineage, the once-proud Snow family that has fallen from grace in a postwar Capitol. With her existence threatened, Snow is reluctantly assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler), an homage to the impoverished District 12. But after Lucy Gray’s charm captivates the Panem audience, Snow sees an opportunity to pursue her destiny change. With everything he’s worked for, he perseveres. To maintain balance, Snow teams up with Lucy Gray to turn the odds in their favor. Fighting against his instincts for good and evil, Snow embarks on a race against time to survive and find out whether he ends up being a songbird or a snake.”
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will be released in theaters on November 17th, 2023, but in select cities as early as November 13th with advance screenings in IMAX.
Source: Rotten Tomatoes