Starring : Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia Bernal and Rinko Kikuchi Writer : Guillermo Arriaga Director : Alejandro G. Inarritu
4 out of 5
Babel follows up four different tales that are somehow interconnected with its pragmatic and three dimensional characters, and binding it all lies a metaphorical poem that depicts the innocence, mistakes and the consequences it breeds as the next-or-any-for-that-matter generation springs. There have been plenty of such features that focuses on various sub-plots that sometimes are either connected or not connected, but this one stands alone for despite of ticking for around 140 minutes, the feature keeps the audience engaged and on the edge of the seat which is somewhat of a milestone in its own way.
The script is gripping, thought-provoking and well structured, especially its approach to the plot track, whether it be crossover or an individual, is just breath-taking. It is shot beautifully and is rich on its technical aspects like cinematography, background score, sound effects, art design and editing.
Alejandro G. Inarritu; the director, as usual doesn't disappoint on its execution, whether then it be to create complex entity among characters or emotions that pours out like rain on screen. The feature scores majestically on performance where every supporting cast- there isn't any definite protagonist in here whose story is followed, it is a plot driven feature- (Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Gael Garcia Banel) is giving its all in to factor in on the bigger picture.
Babel is actually crystal clear on its vision that it anticipated to share, and is also sharp on flaunting it through nerve fleshing visuals.
This movie resonated so well with me. I loved the wide scope of this movie, the overarching themes of the human condition in our gradually globalizing world. The effects of our shrinking world on us.
This movie is an incredible achievement. To be able to bring this story to life, in so many different locations. That's admirable. The actors chosen for each part were brilliant. I especially loved Rinko's performance.
The soundtrack was very noticeable, in a very good way. The cinematography was also working incredibly well. Threw me into whatever scene I was seeing, immersed me into it. Conveyed the beauty.
The tale told was a very miserable one, but I felt like it was honest and true misery. Not some melodrama, it's just the reality of the world we live in. It also didn't feel like some celebration of misery. I could feel that the makers of this movie deeply understood the subjects they were tackling, and were trying to give us a clear and neutral picture of our world. Draw your own conclusions from that.
I enjoyed it immensely, and I think it's a very important movie. Highly recommend it to basically anyone.
Un magistral trabajo narrativo de Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, con empatizables historias y memorables personajes.
[Alejandro G. Iñárritu]
(Full review TBD)