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From Page to Screen: “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” Wows

Suzanne Collins’ “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” recently made its theatrical debut and has quickly become a fan favorite.

Directed by Francis Lawrence and released on Friday, November 17, this film, based on the prequel to The Hunger Games Trilogy, is beautifully adapted, resulting in a fun and engaging cinematic experience.

Starring Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird and Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow, the film brings to life two pivotal characters with exceptional performances. Hunter Schafer, as Tigris Snow, Snow’s cousin, and Josh Andrés Rivera, portraying Sejanus Plinth, one of Snow’s closest friends, further enrich the cast with their impressive portrayals.

The narrative unfolds during the 10th annual Hunger Games, focusing on young President Snow, also known as Coriolanus Snow, and Lucy Gray Baird, a tribute from District 12. As one of the highest achievers in his class, Snow, along with his classmates, is assigned a tribute from each district, aiming to lead them to victory and win the lucrative Plinth Prize.

A standout feature of the movie is its emphasis on music, befitting its title as a ‘ballad’. Rachel Zegler’s rendition of many personal songs significantly enhances the film, effectively conveying her character’s emotions. The music brilliantly mirrors the story’s highs and lows: it is soft, slow, and subdued during somber moments, while vibrant, cheerful, and infused with exciting folk tunes during happier times

Overall, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” is a spectacular film, combining remarkable acting, a compelling musical score, and a well-crafted screenplay. It comes highly recommended for all viewers, even those new to the series. However, watching the previous three Hunger Games movies is advised for a fuller understanding and appreciation of the intricate connections and context.

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Mckinlee DePaola
Mckinlee DePaola, Journalist
Mckinlee joined The Gator in 2023. She has been at Brimmer since 7th grade and loves it. She also loves photography, reading, listening to music, and horseback riding.

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