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.
This movie was in NO way bad. The thing I didnt like about it was that it really depressed me. The story was soo good, and you try filming a movie on 3 different continents with 3-4 languages being spoken, im really happy alejandro made it work. Also Im glad you didnt say this was just like crash but on a global stage blah blah blah. Little do people know, that haggis just coppied alejandros story telling, but put "race" into the mix and LA and he won an Academy award. BS haggis is a tool.
I do agree with the richie and darrenovsky comment, except richie isnt all that great of a director. Darrenovsky had a good movie going, but when brad (pitt) dropped out the budget of the movie got cut by more than half from about 80-90 million to 40ish. It also took the movie way too long to come together which lead to its demise.