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The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

You're invited to return to the games.

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. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the girl tribute from impoverished District 12. But, after Lucy Gray commands all of Panem’s attention by defiantly singing during the reaping ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the odds in their favor. Uniting their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy Gray’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird, and who is a snake.

Wokeness: 10%

Overall Score: 80%

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Pavel Hristov

Wokeness: 1/5 Overall Score: 4/5

This website really needs a cleaner, the film is decent

So first off, to whoever owns this website, please clean the spam, there are now as many actual reviews as spam, if this site is to survive.

The film is okay, I really liked the relationship between Snow and Plinth, up until the very end. The romance between Snow and Lucy Grey was questionable? They never felt like a couple even though we are told/shown they like each other but 5 minutes after they meet up they wanna kiss and then they get together for some reason only having met a couple times and 5 minutes later they separate? Like what the heck. Overall the relationships in this movie were questionable, first characters like each other, then they hate each other in the next scene, it was quite poor to be honest, apart as I said Snow and Plinth's relationship up till the end which was really well done and well acted.

I also like that the film doesn't end on a cliffhanger, they could have split the movie in two but thankfully they didn't, the story is told through and through.

What I didn't like was mild wokeness, occasional profanities and the singing of Rachel Zeglar which really pulls you out of the movie. Imagine watching an action movie that spontaneously becomes a musical from time to time, again, what the heck? Zegler has good voice, if she's the one actually singing, it's just two genres of film which should not mix together, even if there's in-movie logic they do. They also have a retarded character who somehow survives up until the end, obviously they couldn't kill her early or the wo(o)kies would cry foul but that was stupid. Also Rachel Zeglar manages to pull a 200kg beam in one of the scenes, they had to think something better if they wanted to solidify their relationship rather than this stupidity. But worst of all, the show is about the protagonist - Coriolanus Snow who flip flops between being a good and bad character all the time. In one scene he kills his friend, in the next he weeps for him and in the scene right after he's back to his friend being means to an end. I understand the director of the film wanted to make him multi-dimensional but he/she failed. We have 2 characters in 1 body and it's completely random which character the producers will use in the next scene and the protagonist comes out feeling disjointed.

Overall, aside from mild wokeness, the film is interesting and the main actor is quite decent at his job, so is the actor playing Plinth and even Rachel Zeglar puts out a good performance. If they improved the protagonist, this movie could have been a 5/5. Unfortunately for the producers, we were 4 people in an IMAX, very young people (14-25) have not shown up for it which are the main audience and it was only people who also watched the originals who came and we're not that many (26-35) so this film will likely flop.

Created: 11-21-2023

Andre Santamaria

Wokeness: 0/5 Overall Score: 4/5

Good movie, arguably better than several others in the franchise.

No obvious wokeness. Yes, there was a trans actor in the film, but his gender identity wasn’t highlighted at all in the movie, and it really wasn’t relevant to the film. The acting was good, and the character of Snow in particular, was a well-written character with a depth uncommon in modern cinema.

Created: 12-03-2023


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