Posted by: kfugrip | August 14, 2007

The mail-it-in-post

Babel, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu , was on the agenda last night.  I didn’t have high expectations for this film.  It seemed like yet another interlocking storyline centered film with few, to no, wide shots.  I like these types of films, Crash and 21 Grams naming two, but I was wary of the developing genre’s conventions and didn’t seek out the film.  I should have watched this in conjunction with Our Man in Havana, because they are both examples of successful director/writer teams, in this case Iñárritu and Guillermo Arriaga.  Arriaga also wrote Amores Perros, 21 Grams and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, so he has a lot of experience with the interlocking story film (which I have apparently made into a genre).  

I was surprised at how much I liked the film and am saddened that I was caught in the post-Crash-backlash that affected the film.  It’s message is no less important and relevant.   Iñárritu does a masterful job of maintaining the pace and controlling the audience’s interest throughout the film.  all the stories were interesting to me but the one that stood out most was the two boy’s who get the ball rolling by firing at the bus.  Their story, the emotional payoff, was involving.

My past two reviews have been short, and so will this one.  I don’t have the energy to write about this film but not because it was bad.  On the contrary, it was quite good and I wish that the writer and the director didn’t have a falling out (read about it here), because then we could see another film like this.

4 stars

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  1. i’m wavering between 3 and 4 stars.

    rating is hard.

    i gave it 3 stars on netflix because Out of Africa was better and i gave that 4 stars. but i don’t feel good about it.

    this is why i wish i could do half stars. it was better than Amores Perros (which was still pretty damn good) and which i gave 3 this weekend, but it was not as good as Out of Africa which i gave 4. what the hell is a girl to do?

    i like your review, but i’m surprised you didn’t talk about the fact that the movie lost some of its power for us because we “knew too much” going in…i think had we seen it in the theater, before we knew what was going to happen to blanchet’s character we would have been more moved by it. maybe i would have been able to more securely give it 4 stars…


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