Return to The Hunger Games.
Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth), 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 (Rachel Zegler), 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.
Screen Rant – “Anyone familiar with The Hunger Games knows full well the man Coriolanus will turn out to be. Indeed, while there are moments of sympathy for Coriolanus, they are played with the confirmation that, regardless of the good person he could have been, a darker journey lies ahead; this only serves to add a fascinating layer of tension to The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.” (full review here)
Screen Dailey – “Tracing a pivotal period in the development of young Coriolanus Snow, this action-romance provides the requisite thrills while offering new characters and narrative turns, creating a portrait of blossoming evil that is thoughtfully executed.” (full review here)
Total Film – “Nicely knotty themes of trust and mistrust snake through the tangled plot, writhing and biting. And the low-tech games themselves are grimly gripping, with pitchforks, poison, drones, and deadly reptiles all cruelly deployed.” (full review here)