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.