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Babel Review

Babel Review

Caught a screening of Babel last night. How did Brad Pitt measure up? Even ex Gwyneth Paltrow told NYDN that he’ll take home an Oscar: “It’s the best performance Brad’s ever given. [Babel] makes you want to take good care of your children.” Here’s how it went down…

3 different countries. 4 groups of people. Lives forever changed. A man in Morocco is sold a rifle that he gives to his two sons to protect their goats from jackals. While practicing their shooting, the younger son accidentally shoots an American woman, (Cate Blanchett) who is vacationing with her husband (Brad Pitt) aboard a tour bus. The movie establishes the characters that are further connected to the American couple, the children who are with their Mexican nanny back in the States and the original owner of the rifle, a Japanese businessman whose daughter is deaf-mute.

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In the course of a few difficult days, these people will find themselves lost but ultimately discover that their bonds with their families are what finally help them rediscover what they have lost. Although lengthier than most feature films, Babel is not a slow film, going back and forth between the characters, never leaving one hanging. Furthermore, director Alejandro González Iñárritu of 21 Grams, Amores Perros, is able to capture the true essence of these countries with a soundtrack that is a myriad of trans-continental compositions and the issues that people there deal with and how audience members can relate.

Caution: Not for the light-hearted. This film will touch upon issues that are very much alive in our society today. So if you liked Syriana and/or Crash, then chances are Babel is a must-see film for you.

Babel opens in theaters in NY/LA tomorrow, Oct. 27, and Nov. 10 everywhere else.

[Written by geniass]
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  • stanley

    Babel was…meh.

    WAY better than Crash though. That movie just plain sucked balls.

    Inarritu is too heavy handed. If I wanted to get messages preached at me I’d go to church.

  • schae

    I Love this man and his family! Go BAMZS!

  • Angelface

    Hey, Jared. How was Gael Garcia Bernal in this movie? He’s my favorite actor, and I am so excited that he will be getting more exposure in America.

  • Estelle

    Thanks JJ, I can not wait to see this movie.

  • geniass

    Angelface, Gael’s role was small but poignant in terms of moving the plot. I wish his role had been bigger.

  • http://www.justjared.com/2006/10/17/brad-angie-maddox-zahara-rickshaw-ride/comment-page-2/#comments Ike

    deena |
    I know you did but someone posted over there your post asking us NOT to post on x’s thread AND they put your name on it. I thought something was odd about that. Someone was posting Lylians posts from BAMZS threads also over there. She posted later saying she was NOT the one reposting them.

  • lookwhaticando

    Oscar – Oscar – Oscar

  • bamzs 4-ever

    Thanks Estelle for the alert on the new thread! I finished reading your story on EA and I loved it so much! Please write a new one soon?

  • deena

    No, I didn’t even see it, that s*cks. somebody on the last thread we should have a name registry. That’s what they have on wwtdd.com (don’t even ask me how I know)

  • http://msn Shazaa

    Thanks again JJ, allez BAMZS fans!!!!!

  • Hot Damn

    Gael Garcia Bernal is just too cute. I wish we could get more pictures of him. :(

  • BCBG

    a must see film

  • Estelle

    8 | bamzs 4-ever -Thank you, I’m glad you like it. I’m working on a new story right now. Hopefully, I will be able to post the 1st chapter this week-end. ( Still undecided on the period piece or a contemporary piece, we will see)

  • BCBG

    from tmz.com

    While Brad Pitt’s people in the U.S. are still fuming over the invasion of the actors Hollywood Hills compound by an E! Entertainment camera crew, Brad himself didn’t looked phased at all as he returned from a relaxing beach weekend in Goa, India with Angelina and the kids.

    The family spent the weekend at a high-end resort in search of some quality rest and relaxation — and hopefully that’s just what they got. Now, after all the peace and quiet, Brad is faced with the big decision of whether or not to press charges against the network — a decision that could no doubt bring some unwanted stress to the entire family.

  • deena

    Going to have to read this thread later, so much fun, so little timeBBFN

  • African Girl

    I’m so excited, I can’t stay quiet…..can’t wait to see this movie. I liked and Loooooved Syriana, so I’m good to go!

    #7 / Lookwhaticando
    I second that sentiment!!!

  • Missouri girl

    I love suspense and drama,sure it will be a good movie. Cate Blanchett is a lucky girl to. Just to Play Brads wife would be a freakin fantsy come true.

  • Alexanderina

    Thanks Jared for the new Babel Thread, you are the best :). I can’t wait to see Babel

  • julia

    deena talking about wwtdd. He has a very closeup pic of the sighting of shiloh , that Jared posted. Did you guys see it.
    http://wwtdd.com/post.phtml?pk=1497

    god she’s so cute..

    Thanks Jard for the new thread.. So cool you saw the movie already. I can’t wait.

  • Alexanderina

    Thanks Estelle for the alert to the new Thread

  • Alexanderina

    16 | African Girl | – Hey AG, I haven’t see Syriana, but I have seen Crash and I love that movie. I can’t wait for 11/10 to see Babel

  • African Girl

    Hey Estelle
    I see you got the box of Batteries I sent ya. Thanks for the alert.

    Okay….my post should have read I liked Crash and loved Syriana….sorry.

  • bamzs 4-ever

    Thank you Estelle!!! I’ll tune in on the weekend and read it. Heck I tune in every free monent I get.

  • lookwhaticando

    #7 / Lookwhaticando
    I second that sentiment!!!

    16 | African Girl
    ===================
    The expression on his face in that scene is so intense, to me the man is the best actor out there right now.. Nothing can get in his way now with Ang, and the kids behind him..

  • ArabianFan

    here we go with Gwyneth the “film expert”!

  • Alexanderina

    22 | African Girl | – Hey AG, could it be that you loved Syriana because your man GC is in it :lol:

  • lookwhaticando

    Hey AG, I haven’t see Syriana, but I have seen Crash and I love that movie. I can’t wait for 11/10 to see Babel

    21 | Alexanderina
    =======================
    I have both Syriana and Crash, for some reason, I just did not really enjoy Syriana that much, just could not get into it. But I did really like crash. Great movie, although very sad in some parts.

  • African Girl

    #21 / Alexanderina
    What?!!! You’ve not seen Syriana?! How…what…..why…..Ughhhh! And you want to be my Bridesmaid #210. I’m sorry but I’m gonna have to rethink this friendship of ours. You still have a chance to redeem yourself…..go see it. My hubby gave a back breaking performance in that movie.

  • http://www.justjared.com/2006/10/17/brad-angie-maddox-zahara-rickshaw-ride/comment-page-2/#comments Ike

    19 | julia |
    Hey thanks for telling us about the close up. Here is some comments from WWTDD , on those pics of X hiding behind that water bottle in her car recently, “Oh hey look there’s Jennifer Aniston driving out of the…” (Aniston places the clear water bottle over her face) “ … OH MY GOD SHES GONE! SHE DISAPPEARED! WHERE DID SHE GO!?! DID SHE FALL OUT OF THE CAR!?! AND NOW THE CAR IS DRIVING ITSELF! IT’S A GHOST CAR!”

    Is this really Aniston’s plan to hide? Holding up a bottle of water? She might as hide behind a “Friends” DVD or hold up a magazine with Jennifer Aniston on the cover. I’d hide my face too if I looked like that but she needs to do better than this. She might as well duck behind a window or crouch and hide behind a shoe. Fantastic job Jen. You’re a master of disguise. You should work for the CIA or something. With your cunning, and enough water bottles, you could infiltrate the Taliban and save the world.

  • ell

    Hallo dear BAMZS fans on BAMZSville !!!

    WOW I have to much to catch up ,did I miss something ???

  • Indie

    AG, I just finished reading the last thread, you were on a roll yesterday. So you have just as much disdain for Oprah like I do.

    I know she is doing wonderful things in Africa, and every little bit helps. But she does not show any empathy for the people. I guess my dislike of her started a few years ago when she did this 2 hour show on ABC, all through the program, she talked about how these aids orphans pulled at her strings, and how they were her children and she was considering adopting them. Right at the end of the program, before she said she decided not to adopt because she is not cut out for motherhood. Yes, I can respect that. But with Oprah’s wealth and fame, the doors that could have been opened to those children would have been unimaginable.

    One of the worst problems with African countries is corrupt leaders who are propped up by the West. When people graduate from college, there is no employment, most of them end up migrating abroad in search of better life thereby causing more brain drain. Who is going to build up these countries if they are losing their most educated and talented to the West?

    One of the few leaders who actually had the right idea was Jerry Rawlings of Ghana. He came in and basically got rid of most of the corrupt leaders, but Jerry’s mom was Irish and he spent some time there growing up.
    The new Liberian President is a product of Havard Education with conntacts in IMF. These exposures and contacts make their jobs of rebuilding easier.
    Why applaud Angie and Brad is they are giving these children access to very good education, access to the powers that be worldwide, that should they decide to go back and help their own people, they have all the tools and contacts that will need to succeed. Oprah with jer money could have done that, she could have all the nannies that she needs.

    The trading practices are so heavily against the African countries. I saw on CNN where Ethiopia is locked on some kind of Battle with star bucks over coffee beans. Starbucks pays pennies per lb of coffee but we pay 2-$3 for a cup of coffee. African countries cannot make decent money on their exports to the west, most of the markets are closed to them any way. So African problem is multi dimensional, every little bit helps but I am a firm believer in the adage that said give a man a fish and you feed him for a day but teach a man how to fish,you feed him for life.

  • African Girl

    #26 / Alexanderina
    *sniff* I don’t know what you’re talking about. It was a good movie…..a very good movie.

    #27 / lookwhaticando
    I can’t believe you said that! You were not into the movie? Well….well….maybe the movie was not into you too. Did you ever think about that….huh, huh? Didn’t think so.

  • Alexanderina

    28 | African Girl | – :lol:, AG, I know I know, you know how much I adore GC, *bowing my head in shame*and I am so sorry that I haven’t seen it, but I promise I will rent it this weekend, and hey you can’t rethink our friendship, we have a special bond and GC cannot be allow to break it :lol:, and you know how much I want to be a bridemaid at you and GC’s wedding, but I thought that the wedding was off; anyway I will be redeeming myself my watching Syriana this weekend and I know that he gave a fantastic performance in Syriana, after all he is the man :)

  • gitane

    28 | African Girl

    i haven’t seen syriana either. it’s not on satellite yet.

  • http://www.justjared.com/2006/10/17/brad-angie-maddox-zahara-rickshaw-ride/comment-page-2/#comments Ike

    From Jossip:

    Gwyneth Paltrow calls Brad Pitt’s Babel performance the best ever, though our vote goes to his acting during the last of the Jennifer Aniston era.

  • Original jpf

    Inarritu is too heavy handed. If I wanted to get messages preached at me I’d go to church.

    ^^^1 | stanley

    Did you not have any idea of what you were seeing? Why didnt you do some research before going so to find out what you’d be instore for. It’s your opinion to have, but it sounds like you’d been happier seeing something that didn’t require you to engage your senses much and as such I sure hope you didn’t pay for the ticket because that WOULD suck.

    jpf

  • Estelle

    Yes AG, I got the new batteries…THANK YOU :)

    You’ve got to see Syriana Alex, AG’s ex-fiance is awesome in it, eventhough he has to gain 30 pounds to get the Oscar. :lol: ( *whisper*-I think that was the 30 pounds straw that broke AG’s back, LOL).

  • Tijen

    Brad is on a roll. Just to think that he is only 43 (on Dec. 18th) years old. These are his best years personally and professionally.

  • Alexanderina

    32 | African Girl | – :) okay, it was a good movie, for I have seen the preview and the reviews, and GC was great and did win that OSCAR, but you know that you especially loved it because gorgeous and hunky GC was in it, come on admit girl :lol:

  • lookwhaticando

    can’t believe you said that! You were not into the movie? Well….well….maybe the movie was not into you too. Did you ever think about that….huh, huh? Didn’t think so.

    32 | African G
    =====================
    LOL, I am the movie freak of the world, not that I did not like it at all, but for me compared to Crash, it was just not doing it for me, Now I do love you man GC, I also have all of his movies. But not even He was enough to keep my interest high. I think I talked on the phone through most of the movie, I will maybe give it another shot, I have only seen it once, and usually I watch movies over and over again.

  • bluemoon

    35 | Ike
    LMAO

  • Estelle

    Hey Ell, nothing much, just find out Alex and Gitane have not seen Syriana. It was a big crushed for AG…. she’s fuming. ;)

  • lookwhaticando

    32 | African Girl |
    BTW. Did you like Good Night and Good Luck.

  • gitane

    “Even ex Gwyneth Paltrow told NYDN that he’ll take home an Oscar: “It’s the best performance Brad’s ever given. ”

    so, she’s been keeping tabs on him. sneaking around watching snatch, troy and MAMS to remind herself of what she had. LOL! i wonder if she’s got a stash of braddy films hidden away like porn. better hope apple doesn’t discover it!

    anyway, enough of paltrow. I’M SO JEALOUS OF YOU LA & NYC RESIDENTS!!! i’ve gotta wait until 11/10. but don’t forget! the party’s on the 11th!

  • lookwhaticando

    Gwyneth Paltrow calls Brad Pitt’s Babel performance the best ever, though our vote goes to his acting during the last of the Jennifer Aniston era.

    35 | Ike |
    ====================

    LOL “”Wink”"

  • Estelle

    35 | Ike -LMAO, good one.

    oh I forgot to add that, Alex, the ex-bridesmaid and Gitane-the ex-wedding planner are now in the dog’s house….

  • Estelle

    continue from last post…..

    they are in the dog’s house with lookwhaticando |

  • Estelle

    BBL, mediation at 11:30.

  • http://www.justjared.com/2006/10/17/brad-angie-maddox-zahara-rickshaw-ride/comment-page-2/#comments good for her!

    I think it is sweet that AG is encouraging her friends to see her ex’s movies. I am sure she isnt doing it for any PR reason or in hopes to win GC back at all!!

  • Thalia

    I am really looking forward to this movie. Great Cast. Subject has depth.

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