I had know scoop on this movie, & knew nothing about it up until i checked a few sites out, has anyone saw the movie? Heres a review of what the critics, and fans thought http://movies.go.com/babel/d842947/drama
Originally posted by Inactive Userwe should make this man media-moderator
The movie was pretty bad. It was long, drawn out, and really cliche. I expected as much after it was trashed at Cannes. This movie repeats the same style and theme of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu last 2 movies, Amores Peros and 21 Grams. Babel is the third and last installment of his trilogy.
Playing with timelines and illustrating how large the world is by focusing on connecting seemingly random characters were really interesting the first 2 times around. This time around Alejandro gives us a movie filled with one deminsional characters and scenerios that he forces to happen even though the viewer can logically see this would never happen in "real life". Example is that Brad Pitt's wife getting shot in the movie...the driver tells him it would take 4 hours to get to the nearest hospital. Instead Pitt is content waiting around 24 hours while he bickers with the US embassy to get a chopper to the town he is in. A town filled with cars.
The movie tries to run on the theme of language barriers and miscommunication(thus Babel). But it never really achieves it. It tries really hard in the story of the mute def japanease girl...but it's not really all that interesting. Alejandro gives us a bunch of cheap effects like muting the music from the point of view of the def girl while in the club...though a movie goer would of got the point with a simple facial expression.
The movie does have some really good and interesting moments. The brother who peeps on his sister was a good underlying story note..but not enough to hold together a segment. Even Garcia's character was really thinnly written but he does provide some light heartness and most likely the only eye catching moment of the whole movie(peta beware).
It seems like a lot of the directors who gave us some really well made and beatiful movies are really trying to hard recently. Guy Richie flopped with Revolver. Darrenovsky's Fountain was called a stinker by many of the Cannes critics.
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Originally posted by Inactive UserThis response will contain some spoilers. Fair warning.
To me, Babel played out exactly (as a previous poster stated) like Inarritu's previous features. To its credit, however, it was not nearly as unrelentingly bleak as 21 Grams. The performances were solid, also.
With that said, I didn't like it. I couldn't escape the feeling that I was watching a film that took itself way more seriously than it ever should have. Additionally, there were huge logical leaps that just threw me for a loop. How could an illegal immigrant housemaid rationalize taking two American children to Mexico and expect to cross back over without consequence?
This isn't the Inarritu with a chip on his shoulder, saving Mexican cinema with Amores Perros. This is an Inarritu who suddenly realized he is in a position to make a statement and, in his childlike eagerness, botched the whole thing. I don't think Babel is a bad film, just a shockingly average one.