Friday, March 2, 2007

Movie Review: Babel

First off, I must say that I'm not a fan of depressing movies. Babel is a very depressing movie.

That's not to say that it's bad. It's brilliantly directed. The script was great. Babel is about three related stories told on a different time plane. I won't spoil the movie by revealing the ending. Anyway, it's not a Six Sense kind or ending, it's more of a Crash kind.

If Babel wasn't the movie title, I would have called it Murphy's Law. Everything that could go wrong with Brad Pitt went wrong. By the end of the movie, you'll feel as emotionally drained as Brad Pitt's character himself. And you'll feel even more drained because you've watched the movie and know the ending unlike Brad Pitt's character. Was that a spoiler?

When the kids came on the screen, all that was in my mind was "Don't let anything happen to the kids!". That kept flashing whenever the kids were on screen.

But of course something did happen to the kids. Yes, I know the movie had to go that way.

I wonder why I felt that way, but I just did. Maybe it brought out the powerlessness and vulnerability of people so well in the movie. All great movies should have the viewers develop an emotional attachment to the characters. I must say that Babel did a pretty nice job at that.

So if you haven't watch it, you should give it a try, especially if you like Crash.

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