A film about language and communication would normally grab my interest immediately. For the better part of this film the sheer quality and topics of most of the separate stories managed to do just that. There is enough to enjoy here, with strong performances and interesting subjects.
It is, however, also infuriatingly moronic in its contrived and forced narrative link. It makes a capital mistake in that it feels the incessant need to 'mean something'. It does so by force…
Finally completed it on the fourth attempt to do so. Don't know why though. I just had to knock it off my list I guess.
I hate these films. Always have, always will. Stupid decisions, melodrama, oh-so-sad people.
Brad Pitt is always phenomenal though. Love that guy.
Babel, why are you so hard to rate? There are moments of brilliance in which strong acting and scriptwriting kept me on the edge of my seat. But it's inter-cut with heavy-handed dramatic nonsense and put together like a bad patchwork scarecrow.
With just the Moroccan and Mexican storylines, this could have been called "White Family Has a Bad Day." And that might actually have been a pretty good movie (with some serious massaging of the Mexican script and better…
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Babel centres on a complex, but beautifully woven narrative, which transcends international, sociological and cultural boundaries to offer a meditation of shared humanity. The central thematic narrative travels through Morocco, Mexico, Japan and the United States to show how a single tragic moment can ricochet around the globe and affect many, very different lives.
What sets Babel apart from its counterparts is the remarkable way in which Iñárritu captures the different rhythms of life in his diverse…
Babel is the sought of film where the aesthetic overwhelms the narrative. yes, it is flawed, but when its last 5 minutes play out, i'm left drooling into a cup. its the rare occasion where the visceral experience overshadows the narrative contrivances.
to quote A.O. Scott:
"Babel possesses unusual aesthetic force, even if it does not seem to be tethered to any coherent idea or narrative logic."
An emotional punch in the gut. This was an exhausting 2.5 hours. Heavy-handed? Manipulative? Overwrought? Yeah. But there's no denying that the storytelling and visual style are really impressive. Hard to recommend, but I enjoyed it.
What can I say about this movie that I'm sure has been said already?
The music is incredible.
The acting is phenomenal.
Brad Pitt is amazing and has one of the most emotional scenes I've ever seen.
And what can I say about Rinko Kikuchi? She steals the movie.
Broadly sweeping barrier separation film that is intimately presented as an emotional, physical and linguistic commentary. For what somehow appears to be six and a half years now, Iñárritu's Death trilogy concluded in his most hugely ambitious communication experience. Despite frustratingly transitioning scenes at crucial moments, the film managed to pull me into its geographical and individual character hardship. By allowing us into the silent world of Chieko and the paroxysm disco sequence, we have a sense of being right…
A very slow moving, multi-layered, multi-racial drama about human nature and a connected series of tragic mistakes that affect the lives of people on three continents is an ambitious idea, but never something that was going to particularly grab you for over two hours.
This has flashes of brilliance in fits and starts, struggling to join together as a cohesive whole. Don't imagine this is a Brad/Cate film either, those two Hollywood megastars merely form part of an ensemble, getting…
I love movies with interlinking story lines, and Babel is just that. Paired with a great soundtrack, the atmosphere of Babel is all around wonderful. Paired with good acting and great cinematography, Babel is definitely a movie worth seeing - just make sure you pay attention.
What do you say about a film like Babel? It’s one of those films that the Academy loves, with its all-star cast and big, important “messages”. Too bad the actual film is a complete mess.
Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu simply doesn’t take the time to craft his characters into fully faceted humans. Every character goes through great turmoil, and while that in itself can be interesting to watch, it doesn’t mean anything if we don’t feel like we understand who…