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Overview: ‘A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’


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*Spoilers forward*

Katniss Everdeen was my idol after I was about 12 years old. It obtained to a bizarre level the place I’d put on my hair in a single braid off to the aspect identical to she did. Thankfully I grew out of that section, however the interior baby in me got here again after I noticed “A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.”

I went into the film with out having learn the guide and never realizing a lot context to what it was about aside from what the trailer offered, and realizing it was President Snow’s backstory. I had my speculations that the film was going to be simply one other Hollywood money seize, contemplating the record of terrible prequels that exist. I had very excessive expectations for this movie too as a result of we had been getting the identical director of the opposite films. Why revive a franchise simply to make the anticipated film uninteresting? Well, “A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” was something however uninteresting.

The movie that launched on Friday, Nov. 17, takes place throughout the tenth annual Hunger Games when Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) mentors Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler). Snow is infatuated by her and tries every part in his energy to not let her die within the video games. He dangers every part for her and offers her the benefit by dishonest, which is found by Head Gamemaker, Dr. Volumnia Gaul (Viola Davis). He is punished for his actions by being kicked out of the Academy and serves as a Peacekeeper, the place Blyth then traumatizes the viewers by shaving his luscious hair.

When Lucy will get chosen as a tribute for the starvation video games, she does the enduring bow that Katniss did in “The Hunger Games.” This bow was not only a bow; it is rather symbolic. Katniss did the identical bow as a tactful option to get below Snow’s pores and skin by means of Lucy. Both Katniss and Lucy are a lot alike in so some ways in how they keep true to themselves regardless of the makes an attempt in being manipulated by the Capitol.  

Another similarity that I seen was among the tributes teamed up like Cato and the others did within the 2012 first installment. That a part of the film was my least favourite as a result of it jogged my memory an excessive amount of of the primary movie. I needed to see the tributes do one thing that was extra distinctive and never reused. Coral (Mackenzie Lansing), who was the enemy workforce “leader” even hunted down Lucy, antagonized her and begged for mercy earlier than she died. This was almost precisely how Cato went out. Although, it was snakes Coral was trialed with in her ultimate moments and never mutts.

I really like watching a personality on display screen go from any person you’re rooting for and simply adore to any person you hate and want useless. That is the way it felt watching Snow’s character growth. I’ve not seen a bone-chilling transition like this since Walter White in “Breaking Bad.” For the primary half of the movie, he’s attempting to not be like his father who created the video games, however then the second half you see how he begins to lose it. I’d begin to lose it too if I needed to shave my hair to change into a peacekeeper. Joking apart, the alteration in look along with his hair I really feel serves as symbolization for when he begins to go evil. I feel this was a minor however distinctive facet to the film. 

As a peacekeeper, Snow will get despatched to District 12 the place he reunites with Lucy after she wins. Their romance continues to blossom, and so do his true colours. He will get his closest buddy killed, Sejanus Plinth (Josh Andres Rivera), who was additionally a peacekeeper. He betrays Sejanus in telling Dr. Gaul by means of a jabber jay, his plans with the rebels. Sejanus is sentenced to hanging, together with a person who was framed for murdering the mayor’s daughter, whom Snow killed. All of that’s the pivotal second in his transition to a radical chief in his later years. Carrying that guilt with him for the remainder of his life modified him within the worst methods doable. The solely different person left was Lucy. 

Lucy begins to lose belief in Snow after he reveals he has killed three folks. They run away collectively, and Lucy chooses to go away him. He goes in search of her and he will get bitten by a snake that she left for him. He shoots at her, however it’s left unknown whether or not she died or survived him. 

This second was actually captured by means of Olivia Rodrigo’s track featured on the soundtrack, “Can’t Catch Me Now.” Many followers marvel if Katniss is a descendent to Lucy, which the thought sounds fascinating nevertheless it has not been confirmed.

This two hour and 38-minute film was intriguing all the time. Even although watching the prior movies just isn’t required earlier than watching this movie, it’s extremely really useful. It makes all the watching expertise extra riveting. I’m uncertain there might be some other films sooner or later. I’d in all probability be scared in the event that they did a sequel as a result of it might be incredulously tough to make a greater movie. As Coriolanus Snow stated, “Snow lands on top.”

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