Babylon is the latest film from director Damien Chazelle, the young director who won the Best Director Oscar in 2017 with the musical drama ‘La La land’. This comedy-drama film also received Oscar nominations in 2023 in three categories: Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design. Also in this movie, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie reunite again, after both co-starring in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’.’
Babylon (2023) movie synopsis
Tells the story of Nellie Laroy (Margot Robbie), an aspiring star with an ambition to pursue a film career, Jack Conrad (Brad Pitt) an established actor who is going through a downturn in his career and Manny Torres (Diego Calva), a young man of Mexican descent who wants to be an important part of the film industry. Then, the three of them met in a wild orgy in the golden age of Hollywood.
Babylon (2023) movie reviews
Set in the time of the 20s
Set in a time when Hollywood was still being created, an era when the hills of California were in the process of establishing themselves as a movie hub. ‘Babylon’ is set in the 20s, or 1926 to be exact, with the story telling the time when previously silent images began to speak and became an astonishing phenomenon. This is the story of Hollywood at the end of the silent film era.
‘Babylon’ aka Babel follows a large number of characters as the film industry transitions from silent to sound. There are three main characters at the heart of the story here, there’s Nellie Laroy as a potential star who has trouble adapting when Hollywood is going through drastic changes, and there’s Jack Conrad, a movie actor. Famous mute has come to the end of his life. era and find it difficult to let go and finally the character of Manny Torres, who is looking for a chance to reach the top of the new film industry.
Many scenes are a bit wild and bohemian
Damian Chazelle takes us into a wild, drunken frenzy involving drugs, alcohol, and vulgarity with various characters either on or within the film’s setting. Chazelle takes us back and reflects on a time when Hollywood was wild and bohemian. The party introduces us to the characters, with lots of character stories that overlap, intertwine, and intersect at various plot points throughout the film.
‘Babylon’ explores a group of characters who have been in the film business for years, as the film business transitions from an era of silence to cinema with sound. The time when sound films began to be produced contributed to the success of most of the actors. They face challenges and difficulties because what they already know begins to change. In this way, Chazelle tries to grapple with the big question of who matters in a rapidly changing and shifting world.
More broadly, Chazelle takes us from the wild party to the set, showing us how silent filmmaking was in the ’20s, as well as the transitional period when film crews struggled to fit between filming and cinematography. sound. As well as focusing on the three main characters, there are other characters that have their own side backstories and provide a lot of the picture of diversity at the start of Hollywood.
There’s a story about diversity in Hollywood
There’s Sidney Palmer (Jovan Adepo), the black trumpeter in the jazz band at the party, who dreams of doing more than playing music at parties. There is also Lady Fay Zhu (Li Jun Li), a mysterious variety singer.
In addition to these two supporting characters, there are other characters that deserve attention, such as the famous Hollywood gossip columnist, Elinor St. John (Smart Jean). And although not the main character, at that time there was a female director, Ruth Adler (Olivia Hamilton) became the main director at a Hollywood studio.
Aside from an abundance of music and dance plus gorgeous visuals, this film also features a detailed look at the production setting, makeup, hairstyles, and costumes. Chazelle also decorates the screen panel at the beginning of the film using a dark brown tone that then turns yellow. The change in color palette seems to bring about a transformation from gloom to glory.
‘Babylon’ is full of characters steeped in love, lust, and total betrayal with the allure of fame and the hedonistic lifestyle that comes with it. Entertaining, informative with wild, messy and ambitious pieces.
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