Critic Consensus: In Babel, there are no villains, only victims of fate and circumstance. Director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu weaves four of their woeful stories into this mature and multidimensional film.
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as John Border Patrol
as Waiter Casbah
as Bus Driver
as Anwar's Grandmother
as Store Owner
as Ken Clifford
as Moroccan Doctor
as Hassan's Wife
as Patricia's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Babel
Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest sprawling, dispersed art-film blockbuster prompts a question: Does he just not know how to tell a story?
Well acted and handsomely photographed, but still extraordinarily overpraised and overblown, a middlebrow piece of near-nonsense: the kind of self-conscious arthouse cinema that is custom-tailored and machine-tooled for the dinner-party demographic.
Babel can be unnecessarily convoluted, ultimately though it's the stark simplicity of the dilemmas faced by each character that hits home, wherever that may be.
It's a great film made with style and heart and hope, a cautionary parable and an almost certain Oscar contender.
Audience Reviews for Babel
There have been many imitators since, and this is hardly the first in its style - the We-Are-All-Connected-After-All Movie - but I particularly liked Babel because for much of it, Inarritu lets the camera and the soundtrack do the talking. The result is an almost dream-like two-plus hours with countless unforgettable scenes, and even when "nothing" is really happening, you still can't take your eyes off it, Masterful film-making.
High concept, multiple storylines, international cast, and pretty damn good cinematography ... what could go wrong in this heavy handed "message" movie pretty much about the butterfly effect only taken to human perameters? Oh dammit, I've already said it! It never for a second lets go of the idea that they, the fiimmakers, are bringing "truth" to you. Oh really. It does grapple well though with the otherness Americans feel amongst the unwashed foreign contingents.
This is one we have had lying around the house since it came out. (husband bought the DVD but never got around to watching it). Actually got a shock when i put it on and realized the little girl was Elle Fanning, who certainly doesn't look that young these days! (I guess that means we have had this movie for 6 years!). The only reason I bothered now is I recently saw Mammoth, which was unfavorably compared to this. Well this was certainly better. It follows 3 stories which are all linked in some way. All also have some type of tragedy. The Japanese story did not seem to link in as well as the others with only a very slight connection, but I still really liked it. The Morrocan story is good as well, though I have to say it wouldn't be my idea of a relaxing place to go and work on a strained marriage. I did end up feeling sorry for the parents of the two boys, and the other family who got abused over "owning" the gun. Probably the most relatable story was of Amelia the Mexican nanny. I really did feel sorry for her. This is very nicely filmed and cast are all great (though I still can't stand Brad Pitt - one of the things putting me off watching, I think). If I had one complaint, it is that it drags on quite a bit at the end. I think the last half hour could have been trimmed a bit, which would have given all the endings a bit more impact. Overall a good film, but certainly not a feel-good movie, be warned!
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