Warning: A few spoilers follow. So I just got back from Babel, and I must say I was quite underwhelmed. Yes, it was dark, edgy and visually appealing. No, I would not recommend Babel to others. Yes, three separate stories were eventually intertwined in a somewhat meaningful way. No, I do not think Babel was one of the best movies of the year. Yes, everything (Brad Pitt included) was highly emotional. No, I do not think Babel is an award-winning movie. Yes, everyone speaking different languages does make communication a little difficult. No, difficult communication does not automatically make for a compelling movie.
There was something about Babel that just didnâ€™t click with me. The three stories that intertwined to form the main story felt too separate, barely tied together in the end and missing the commonality that made Crash such a great movie. It was interesting to see how different countries handle difficult situations differently, but I really donâ€™t think any new ground was broken there. I would hope that everyone knows if youâ€™re going to be traveling around Morocco and happen to get shot in the middle of the desert, you probably arenâ€™t going to receive the same medical treatment youâ€™d be privileged to in the states. Each story was interesting, but not anything you wouldnâ€™t expect. If you donâ€™t have papers and you try and cross the border, itâ€™s not going to work. If youâ€™re deaf, life is going to be different and difficult. If you get shot in Morocco, medical help is going to be difficult to find. With a name like Babel, I expected language barriers to play a larger roll in the movie, but it was culture barriers that caused most of the difficulties. Everyone seemed to communicate pretty well actually, albeit a little slower than normal, but still, messages were exchanged and meaning was understood. What I donâ€™t understand is why everyone seems to be raving about this movie. I give it a C-.