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Movie Review – Babylon

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Babylon, wow. WTF did I just see? It was a movie full of sensory overload, doubled-up debauchery, glitz, glamour and so much more. IMDB explained it as, “A tale of outsized ambition and outrageous excess, it traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in early Hollywood.” Another way to put it that rings true is, “A depiction of early Hollywood, unhinged and full of mayhem.”

So the emotion behind this movie is undeniable. It was genuinely unsettling and thought-provoking. Last night I was so overloaded that I needed to think about it overnight. As I lay in bed it hit me that this was the era that my great-grandmother lived. I would be scandalized if she behaved the way they portrayed life back then. I think about her sitting by a fire knitting a blanket while she watched over the children, making dinner, and reading the kids to sleep. I can guarantee you small-town Oklahoma life was nothing like Hollywood. None of her stories came close to being as exciting as even the tamest scene of Babylon.


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The acting was phenomenal. Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie were magnificent, both gave life to their characters in such a fashion that I felt their emotions. I felt their happiness, excitement, turmoil, and passion for the roles they played. It was truly a work of art. I hope some awards come their way, it’s definitely deserved.

I had one complaint and that was the length. It did feel a bit long but the more I thought about it, I couldn’t find scenes that could have been left out. It needed the length to produce the end result, which was pure perfection. Bravo Hollywood!

Grade: A++

About The Peetimes: I found 4 Peetimes that should work well for any emergency needs. They are spaced throughout the 3-hour runtime.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Babylon.

Rated: (N/A) Graphic Nudity | Drug Use | Bloody Violence | Pervasive Language | Strong & Crude Sexual Content
Genres: Comedy, Drama, History
Starring: Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Jean Smart
Director: Damien Chazelle
Writer(s): Damien Chazelle
Language: English
Country: United States

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

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  • Erick

    Felt the same way after watching it…it was too much to take in. Thought about it while going to bed and couldn’t stop smiling. Not even thinking of the funny parts. But, because it attacks all your senses at once, it felt like I was high. How unfair is Margot Robbie as a human being? To look like that AND be that great an actress. LOL Bless her.
    Will definitely be watching in theaters again.

  • Christene E Johnson Editor

    Yes!! I knew there would be someone that felt the same way. Your comment made me smile.

  • Erick

    Cheers Christine. Us lovers of Babylon are a small bunch but, we’re fierce in our defense of it to those that’ll listen. As someone on Twitter said…”This film will become a cult classic upon home release and, mark my words, in 10 years, Criterion will add it to their collection.”

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