The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes Rated?

“The Hunger Games” books are filled with violence, particularly against children. That’s a pretty tough go when it comes to the Motion Picture Association handing out ratings, but the films have always fallen within PG-13 territory. A variety of techniques were used to make the violence more understated, such as the camera cutting away right before a brutal blow or keeping certain bloody images in the background out of focus so that attention isn’t drawn to the bloodshed.

However, as anyone who’s read “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” can attest, the prequel might be even more gruesome than the original series. Even before the competition starts, the Capitol treats the tributes horrendously, with some of them dying before the Games begin. Without getting into spoilers from the book, there are some pretty graphic scenes. One would assume these will be toned down for the film or perhaps even taken out entirely to preserve the PG-13 rating.

The true extent of the violence won’t be known until closer to the movie’s release. The Young Adult series always keeps things manageable for teenagers, but for anyone younger, parents should be aware of what they can and can’t handle. Seeing characters who look like they could be their peers in peril may be traumatic for some younger viewers. As always, it’s important to have these discussions beforehand so that no one feels uncomfortable in the middle of a movie.


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