“Babylon” failed because we are all tired of the excess and immorality in real life | The Daily Wire

With so much promotion, several A-list actors, and even some coveted Golden Globe nominations, it makes no sense that the epic comedy-drama “Babylon” would be a flop.

Except screenwriter/director Damien Chazelle fails to win over audiences with his tale of “decay, corruption, and outrageous excesses.” [that] Leading up to the rise and fall of many aspiring 1920s Hollywood dreamers” should come as no surprise. American moviegoers are tired of seeing the same story make headlines in real life. Why amuse themselves with more of the same?

The one word that appears over and over again in both critics’ and audience’s comments is “boring.” Viewers were shocked and appalled by the much-pitied elephant defecation scene, among other things. But they also got bored of watching Hollywood characters behave badly because of their rampant drug use and utter disregard for human decency. He is Boring. It is diffuse and tired. There may have been a time when moviegoers wanted to see a movie like this for shock value alone. But now that extra lives are so common, that’s not the case anymore.

Babylon cost $80 million to produce and would need to earn $250 million at the box office just to break even. To date, the three-hour-plus movie has grossed $6.6 million in worldwide box office revenue. As mentioned earlier, it was up for Best Picture, Best Actress (Margot Robbie), Best Actor (Diego Calva), and Best Supporting Actor (Brad Pitt) at the Golden Globes, but it wasn’t respected by most critics.

A reviewer from Salon said Watching “Babylon” was an “exasperating” experience, as she says, “It’s trying to do too much… less will be more”.

Reviewer Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times did not mince words in his assessment.

“What a sprawling, grotesque, self-indulgent, wretched, sometimes charming but ultimately utterly chaotic mess we have in Damien Chazelle’s Hollywood epic ‘Papillon,’ which one imagines is supposed to be an awful, fantastic and disembodied celebration of madness.” The blandness that enveloped the film industry in the 1920s, but comes across as a three-hour-plus assault on our senses—a brilliant spectacle, sometimes exhilarating but strangely implicit and often nauseatingly nasty.” books.

He has called the whole thing “a mess”, describing some of the more outrageous scenes that were included ostensibly for shock value. And while there are supposed to be elements of truth in this history-focused movie, most of the truth isn’t really there.

Roper points out that “Most of ‘Babylon’ is a meandering and often terrifying work of pure imagination, in which anything resembling real character development or real insight about 1920s Hollywood is overshadowed by expansive set pieces”. “Every now and then we get a glimpse of what might be a great movie or at least entertaining, but it’s not enough to beat the pooping elephant, the peeing actress, the vomiting silent film star and the silly wrestling match with a rattlesnake.”

Babylon currently has a 55% critic rating and a 50% audience rating on the review site Rotten tomatoes.

Audience reviewers raised some of the same issues as critics, saying that “Babylon” was dull and somewhat awful.

“A movie made by people with lots of money and nothing better than their time,” someone remarked.

The other reviewer agreed: “The manager made his point and then hit you in the head with it.” “The opening scene was about 30 minutes long but he made his point in 8. Everything was overdone and overdone. I think the director fell in love with his movie and forgot that editing can make the story clear.”

“Rude, disparate and indulgent. Good actors degenerated. Not funny, not moving, gross at times and WAAAYYYY too long. Scenes run for 20 minutes with no reason or payback. I’m watching some Razzie nominations coming…”, said another person.

Chazelle previously shared his reasons for including shock value in his film, about the rise of talkies, and the subsequent death of the silent film era.

“You want to give them a sense of the genre of the movie, in a way that maybe intentionally shocking,” said the director. EW From embedding the elephant poops directly on the camera. “You end up stating, kind of bluntly, exactly by movie standards,” adding that “it’s definitely one of the more literal in-your-face gags.”

Parties in movies are also emblematic of the era, from the days of Old Hollywood to the present day. “The parties themselves changed because they reflected what society accepted at the time,” says Chazelle, explaining how the former soirées were “able to stand up, anoint themselves, sweep their crimes under the rug, and continue making movies.”

He says during the pool party and snake fight that “the wheels are starting to come off the wagon a little bit. Something is dying here, something that either won’t last or we’ve already passed the end.”

Hearst’s party is when it “becomes symbolic of what is now accepted in Hollywood and what a party is supposed to be, much more in line with our preconceptions of what old Hollywood was like.”

The final moments in “Babylon” include Tobey Maguire’s character and a grim decision that everything is broken beyond repair.

“It’s that unfunny mirror image—the really messed up, terrifying, mirror image of the horror movie, where everything you could brush aside as funny or silly early on, now isn’t fun anymore,” Chazelle explains of the finale.

The director also explained why he made the second half of the film “ruthless and brutal”.

“Hollywood is a machine that chews people up and spits them out — it’s the big equalizer,” he told the paper. “There is a brutality that comes from that. But it is inseparable from the next revival.”

Babel could have managed to tell a compelling story about a piece of Hollywood history if only it could blacken things up and dig deeper into the characters. Instead, it’s all superficial and uninspiring. It looks a lot like real-life Hollywood and everyone is sick of it.

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