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Babel - Deserving Of Best Pic Nomination IMO

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Babel - Deserving Of Best Pic Nomination IMO

Unread postby swerb » Sat Feb 24, 2007 8:43 am

I knew it would happen eventually, I actually disagree with Mitch's take on a movie. I wasn't even going to see it when I read his 1.5 football review. Then, it got the best pic nod, I read some good things online elsewhere, and I relented.

I really liked it.

I can see where Mitch was coming from in his review. Mitch didn't like the lack of character development, and also mentioned that he thought how the four story lines were woven together produced a convoluted mess.

Like "Crash" the movie has 4 different plot lines, all of which are linked. Some obviously from the get go, some not revealed until the end.

They are ...

~The first is the story of the married couple Richard and Susan Jones, played by Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, who travel to Morocco 'to get away' before all hell breaks loose for them.

~The second is two young Arabic boys in the barren hills of the outback of Morocco. They are brothers whom have just been given a rifle by their father to protect their goats and now they are having fun in learning how to fire the weapon. Again, I can't go much farther with this without giving anything away.

~Another storyline takes place in colourful Tokyo in Japan, detailing the teenage life of a deaf girl called Chieko. This is an amazing storyline, and an amazing acting performance by the Japanese girl, sho struggles with being a teenager with a disability.

~Finally, the last storyline takes place in Mexico and the main character is a woman called Amelia, who also happens to be Richard and Susan's nanny. When her son is getting married in Mexico and she cannot get a day off, she takes the kids with her across the border. Big mistake.

Personally, I thought Director Alejandro González Iñárritu pulled it off well. This is also the guy that directed "21 Grams", another film I loved. Needless to say, I'll be seeing anything this guy does.

There were some very tense scenes, again, just a gripping film. The scene on the bus, in the night club, after the Mexican wedding, and the standoff in the Moroccan hills come to mind immediately. You'll know more what I mean when you see the film.

The directors style was to cut away from one plot line to another, just as things reached their bubbling point. It had me catching my breath, trying to take in what just happened, and readjust to the plot switch. I gotta admit though, I kinda liked the style.

The scenery and cinematography were also excellent. There were some breathtaking shots of Morocco, Mexico, and Tokyo the three locales where the action takes place.

I found the film powerful, gripping, and frankly ... exhausting. But in a good way. You always hear people talk about being "at the edge of their seat". I literally get on the edge of my seat on good flicks, and this one had me there.

At almost 2.5 hours, the movie is long, but never had me looking at the counter on the DVD player. This will be in my Top 100 of all-time. And I liked it better than "Crash", the film that won Best Pic last year that it's often compared to.

I liked "The Departed" better, but both are excellent films in my view.

Interested to hear other peoples thoughts on Babel.
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Unread postby jfiling » Sat Feb 24, 2007 8:07 pm

I believe I have to see Babel now.

Interestingly, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett were originally set to be the stars of Darren Aronofski's The Fountain, but there was a falling out, and Pitt went on to make the classic *cough* Troy, and Aronofski replaced them with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, and the movie bombed. I haven't watched it yet (it's sitting on my hard drive, actually, waiting to be seen, but the version I have is too dark for some reason), but I was looking forward to The Fountain for a long time, and everything I've read suggests that it was a disappointment from the guy who gave us Pi and Requiem for a Dream.[/url]
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Unread postby swerb » Sat Feb 24, 2007 8:45 pm

JD, "Pi" is still lingering around 10 on my Netflix queue. Just added The Fountain to my reminder list for when it hits DVD. Another one of yiour reccomendations, Donnie Darko, should arrive next week.

Let us know your thoughts on Babel ...
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Unread postby consigliere » Sat Dec 29, 2007 12:13 pm

Finally saw this.

Did this movie not have subtitles? Because the one I watched did not have them, which made for a VERY rough time making out the story. Especially the one of the deaf Japanese girl.
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Unread postby e0y2e3 » Sat Dec 29, 2007 12:29 pm

Swerb wrote:JD, "Pi" is still lingering around 10 on my Netflix queue. Just added The Fountain to my reminder list for when it hits DVD. Another one of yiour reccomendations, Donnie Darko, should arrive next week.

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Did you end up watching Pi?

If so did you get the same migraine it gave me?

Just a horrible film.
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Unread postby Guest » Sat Dec 29, 2007 1:19 pm

Consigliere wrote:Finally saw this.

Did this movie not have subtitles? Because the one I watched did not have them, which made for a VERY rough time making out the story. Especially the one of the deaf Japanese girl.


Yeah, it had subtitles...must have had your DVD set wrong.

I couldn't imagine trying to watch that film without.
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Unread postby swerb » Sat Dec 29, 2007 2:15 pm

And T ... LOL at you watching Babel without the subtitles.
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Unread postby consigliere » Sat Dec 29, 2007 4:36 pm

Swerb wrote:And T ... LOL at you watching Babel without the subtitles.


You mean to tell me there WERE actually subtitles? I did everything under the sun to get subtitles on there, to no avail. I want that 2 1/2 hours of my life back. :roll :roll:
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