Babel
Richard and Susan (Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett) are a wealthy couple from San Diego who are vacationing in Morocco in order to heal after the death of their young child; their other two children are at home with their Mexican maid, Amelia (Adriana Barraza). In a complex shift of ownership to which the audience is privy, a rifle finds its way into the hands of a local herdsman's young sons (Said Tarchani and Boubker Ait El Caid), who recklessly take a shot at a tour bus and catch Susan in the shoulder, causing her to nearly lose her life. The distraught Richard calls home to tell Amelia of the situation, who promptly departs for Mexico to attend her child�s wedding, with Richard and Susan's children in tow. Disaster thus multiplies, with the situation in Morocco ascribed to terrorists in the media, while Amelia meets with the harsh immigration policies of the Bush administration. Meanwhile, in Tokyo, a widower (Koji Yakusho) tied to the rifle in question attempts to deal with his memories and his raucous, promiscuous, deaf daughter (Rinko Kikuchi).(thank you rotten tomatoes...now to you Johnny)

It's 3 am so I am going to be brief and blunt. I thought this movie was amazing. I will admit that person after person has told me so but movies like this take me awhile to gum up and watch.

Babel was at least three times better than I thought it would be. The directing of this film was amazing. Alejandro's(21 Grams) best work yet in my personal opinion. All the characters were acted out with amazing intensity that with the help of seemingly accidental perfect camera work catches the heart in every scene.
My favorites stories were that of the little goat herders. My favorite scenes were the Mexican wedding, Asian dance club, Brad and Cate bedpan redemption, border check gone bad, and everything with the goat boys.

If there was a flaw to be pulled it would be out of only preference. My least favorite aspect was possibly the kids in the desert. I was also worried that the film was going to have a Requiem for a Dream type ending but the screenwriter pulled redemption and rebirth out of something rough and raw.

An amazing, complex, and beautiful piece of celluloid emotion. Sorry that I am too tired to go into it as much as I would want.
Reviewed by: shea
1 Comment(s)
frenchie said...
i really like this movie...any story that combines 4 in 1 and manages to tie them all together is smart work.