Damien Chazelle's spectacle has arrived in cinemas. "Babylon" is an ode to the film business and the story takes us to the essence of morally questionable Hollywood. The film's impressive cast is led by Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Diego Calva.
With the promotional slogan "Always make a scene", the movie spectacle that was talked about a lot last year arrived in cinemas. There are several reasons. Directed by Oscar-winner Damien Chazele ("Whiplash", "La la Land"), the project stars the leading actors of today, and last (but not least) - it is a story about the enormous ambitions of several characters in an era of unrestrained decadence and depravity in the early Hollywood.
Is there anything else we don't know about Hollywood, the place where entertainment is made and dreams are destroyed, that isn't a stereotype about the ups and downs of those willing to sell their souls to the devil for the sake of fame? We got a lesson on this last year in Netflix's controversial film "Blonde", which exploits the story of the turbulent life of mentally disturbed Marilyn Monroe.
Following her path, we learned that the road to the stars is thorny and long, but that the opposite way, from the stars to mud (and opiates) comes at lightning speed. From the technical details, you might be interested to know that "Babylon" is 3 hours and 9 minutes long and is rated 7.4 on IMDB.
The opening credits used the Paramount logo from the 20s, so every detail was really thought of to be in the spirit of the time in which the action takes place. The story is inspired by real people, is quite complex, and goes something like this...
The bigger the dream, the bigger the struggle
In 1926 Los Angeles, Mexican immigrant Manuel "Manny" Torres (Diego Salva) helps transport an elephant to a wild party at the mansion of the director of Kinoscope Studios. It doesn't take long for him to fall in love with extroverted Nellie LaRoy (Margot Robbie), a self-proclaimed star from New Jersey, who has “sneaked” into the party.
After getting to know her well over a line or two of coke, Manny discovers his obsessive desire to be part of something bigger. As the elephant passes by distracting the visitors, Manny comes to the rescue again, but this time to shelter young actress Jane Thornton (Phoebe Tonkin), who has overdosed on drugs.
"Babylon" is an ode to film and will be enjoyed by true connoisseurs of cinematography, recognizing the witty play with stereotypes and prejudices, while others will find it a bit confusing. Something similar happened with Chazelle's film “La La Land” with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, which played with film history and paraphrased commonplaces in popular culture, also through musical sequences.
That interesting moment in the history of cinema is certainly the transition from silent to sound film, which ended the careers of many stars of early Hollywood.
An industry that eats its children
60-year-old Brad Pitt and the beautiful Margot Robbie were nominated for the Golden Globes last year precisely for their work on "Babylon".
Brad Pitt marked last year with the action film "Bullet Train", and he showed his knowledge of the dark side of Hollywood by producing Netflix's "Blonde" and one of the best titles from 2022, the drama "She Said", which tells the story of the New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor and their merit in exposing the s*xual scandals of the powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Brad Pitt won his first Oscar for acting for his role in Tarantino's film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood". "Babylon," tells us ironically that at any moment there is someone crouching in a corner who can replace us in business just like that, agreeing to everything that will destroy him on the way.
That is the beauty of the world of those who make films. They, regardless of everything, love their work immensely. Watching "Babylon" you will feel for a moment rapture, the drug addiction of Hollywood, and marriages that last a little longer than the opening credits. And is it worth it - you should ask them.