Babel is the story of a man and woman, who experience a tragedy that sets of a global narrative of 4 interlocking stories. It stars a stellar cast boasting the likes of Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Bernarl, Elle Fanning and Rinko Kikuchi. The movie also has an amazing director in current Academy Award Winner Alejandro González Iñárritu (Director of Birdman) at its helm.
Now this movie is not like many other movies you will have seen before. Yes it will most definitely gain comparisons to the 2004 Crash for its use of multiple storyline story telling. It is however nothing like that movie for one, and two this is a movie that needs AND benefits from this type of story telling. It keeps a very tight and intricately woven narrative, that slowly builds and smoulders until you can finally see the embers that tie this fire together.
This movie is whole-heartedly a drama. A drama in the realest sense in both story and pacing. The movie is slow, plan and simply put, however, it is by no means boring. If you can’t stand traditional dramas then you will probably think this movie is boring, and that’s fine, just know what you are getting yourself into. If you’re a fan of dramas and very deliberate and impactful story telling, that doesn’t go, nor does it need to go at a break neck pace. The slowness of the pacing actually ads to the intensity of the moments that this movie creates.All in all, this movie is really as good as what you put into it. If you are a person that enjoys these kinds of movies, you will really like Babel. If you’re an action movie junkie that doesn’t even listen to dialogue, don’t even bother. Babel is definitely worth the watch for its brilliant acting and directing and that should be enough for any film fan.