Fan Reactions to Hunger Games Prequel Are Coming in Hot

The Ballad of Songbirds And Snakes fan reaction

Fan reactions to The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the highly-anticipated prequel to the popular Hunger Games franchise, are generating a buzz of excitement among fans and critics alike.

The movie, which delves into the backstory of a young Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) and his relationship with District 12 tribute Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler), has been screened for critics ahead of its world premiere on November 9.

Initial reactions on social media are overwhelmingly positive. Buzzfeed’s Lauren Garafano, a self-proclaimed Hunger Games enthusiast, expressed her excitement, stating that the film delivered the same magic she felt when watching the first movie as a 14-year-old. Next Best Picture’s Barry Hertz described The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes as the best Hunger Games movie to date, emphasizing its darker and more character-driven approach while remaining genuinely entertaining.

The positive sentiment extends beyond these initial reactions. Tessa Smith praised the entire cast and highlighted Tom Blyth’s exceptional performance. “Smells Like Teen Angst” lauded the film as possibly the best adaptation in the franchise, commending the acting, music, and costumes. However, not all responses were entirely without criticism. Barry Hertz suggested that the movie might have benefited from being split into two parts and criticized the final act as rushed. Stephanie Ramirez found the portrayal of the characters and the film’s adaptation to be refreshing and near-perfect on the big screen.

Explore a side-by-side comparison of the critic ratings, audience reviews, and global box office performances of the preceding films below:

TitleRT Critic ScoreRT Audience ScoreWorldwide Box Office
The Hunger Games84%81%$694.3 million
Catching Fire90%89%$865 million
Mockingjay – Part 170%71%$755.4 million
Mockingjay – Part 270%66%$653.4 million

As the embargo has been lifted, these reactions provide a tantalizing preview of what fans can expect when the movie releases on November 17. While early box office projections indicate a somewhat modest opening weekend, strong word of mouth and positive reviews may elevate its commercial success, similar to the franchise’s pattern in the past. The critical and commercial performance of the film will become clearer once full reviews are published closer to the premiere. Nevertheless, “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” has the potential to continue the franchise’s legacy of success, both artistically and at the box office.

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