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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Movie Review

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In Suzanne Collins’ thrilling prequel, “The Ballad of the Songbirds and Snakes”, a haunting tale unfolds, revealing the origins of the Hunger Games and the complex journey of young Coriolanus Snow. 

If you enjoyed watching the Hunger Games series before, you might be interested in the deeper backstory that “The Ballad of the Songbirds and Snakes” shows. The film series started in 2012 with the original hunger games followed by ‘Catching Fire’, ‘Mockingjay Part 1/Part 2’, and now the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

The new movie stars include new faces as well for the franchise, Tom Blyth stars as Coriolanus Snow and Rachel Ziegler as Lucy Gray. However there are some things that remain the same; for example, the director, Francis Lawrence.

The Hunger Games: the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, takes place in a dystopian world, Panem, and the 10th annual Hunger Games is beginning. This movie follows young Snow who later becomes president. In the beginning of the movie Coriolanus Snow’s father had passed away and the wealth of the Snow family went with him. Coriolanus tried his best to keep his family name up by acting like one of the rich people at his school but ended up turning into a sponsor for a girl, Lucy Grey, that was in the Hunger Games. Snow was unlike all of the other sponsors because he actually treated Lucy Grey like a real person and not like just a game piece. He even started catching romantic feelings for her. After the Hunger Games took place, things turned more difficult for Coriolanus, but ultimately worked well in his favor.

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We recommend this movie to people who enjoy action and dystopian movies. Out of five stars, we rated this movie a  four and a half stars. Because it was so easy and natural to watch, as well as keeping us entertained within the plot. It was also very interesting to learn the background behind President Snow and more about the background of the hunger games. The only thing we would change about this film, is that it would be interesting to see if Katniss Everdeen was somehow brought into the movie like her as a child.

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Katie Olson, Reporter
Katie Olson is new to West Potomac, starting her freshman year at the school. Katie currently enjoys playing soccer and field hockey with her friends. She also loves music and her favorite artists include Taylor Swift, Drake, Harry Styles and The Weekend. This school year, Katie hopes to make new friends, get more involved in school activities, and have an amazing year over all.

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