Review by Paul Salfen
This is Paul Salfen with your KLAK Movie Minute. In theaters this weekend is The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes. This is a prequel with none of the same cast but the same director, Francis Lawrence, that gives a backstory that fleshes out the franchise a little more – and quite honestly, ups the ante. It’s beautifully shot, well-acted, really engaging, and makes for an excellent reason to go to the movies. If you didn’t know the names Rachel Zegler and Tom Blyth, you will now. Their chemistry is great and their performances are star-making in this type of genre. And, of course, Viola Davis is something to behold. Although it is longer than the others, it does move pretty quickly with all of the games themselves and ends up leaving you wanting to know what happens next so it looks like there’s life left in the franchise still. While the violence and picking off of many likable characters may be too much for some, it’s based on a YA novel, so it’s not too much. It is a film about survival at all costs, after all – and strangely, it seems more relevant than ever. That’s it for this week. Join me next week and every week for another Movie Minute right here on 97.5 KLAK, AMFM Magazine, and RECRD.