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Babylon – Movie Review

Babylon showed promise but fails to deliver a cinematic experience without gross distractions.

Babylon is by director Damien Chazelle, best known for the award-winning film La La Land. The 1920s era film stars Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Diego Calva. It also features  Jean Smart, Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li, P.J. Byrne, Lukas Haas, Olivia Hamilton, Max Minghella, Rory Scovel, Katherine Waterston, Flea, Jeff Garlin, Eric Roberts, Ethan Suplee, Samara Weaving, Olivia Wilde. 

Synopsis

A tale of outsized ambition and outrageous excess, Babylon traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in early Hollywood.

Babylon seemed like a good movie. I was looking forward to a cinematic masterpiece from the excellent cast to the talented director. Unfortunately, I was already put off by the film just several minutes in. Those with weak stomachs or who cannot stand visually gross acts should stay away. Even though the film is exceptionally well-acted, it is full of bloat. The 3-hour and 9-minute film relies on way too many shocking scenes, making the viewing unpleasant most of the time, reminiscent of the Jackass videos.

The premise had promise as it chronicles the end of silent films and the rise of motion pictures with sound. A great soundtrack even accompanies it. Diego Calva, who plays the main lead, has a breakout performance. He showcases that he has so much range to offer and outshines Pitt and Robbie. I look forward to seeing more of Calva in future films.

Verdict

I give Babylon 2.5 out of 5 Stars. It is a drug-filled debacle with vulgar moments that take away from the terrific performance. If you want to give it a chance, you can catch it in theaters starting December 23rd. Read more Reviews on Nerdtropolis and Subscribe to our YouTube.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis. He is a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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