I Just Rewatched The Hunger Games Movies, and They're . . . Not Great, You Guys
Like any antisocial, dystopian-loving bookworm, I was a huge fan of The Hunger Games in high school. I was sucked into the high-stakes excitement of the games and deeply invested in the love triangle. I related to Katniss's independence and stubborn grit and offscreen appreciated how Jennifer Lawrence keeps it real. But more than that, it was a series that explored 21st century issues like political corruption, propaganda, and war through the eyes of its 17-year-old protagonist. The Hunger Games is a rare YA story that doesn't condescend to its audience, and I soaked it up. So when I heard that a Hunger Games Prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was being released in May 19 I decided to go back and rewatch the films so I was fully up to speed. Here's what I found revisiting the series as an adult.