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From Damien Chazelle, BABYLON is an original epic set in 1920s Los Angeles led by Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Diego Calva, with an ensemble cast including Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li and Jean Smart. A tale of outsized ambition and outrageous excess, it traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in early Hollywood.
- Brad Pitt
- Margot Robbie
- Diego Calva
- Jean Smart
- Jovan Adepo
- Li Jun Li
- P.J. Byrne
- Lucas Haas
- Olivia Hamilton
- Tobey Maguire
Atom User Reviews
Even though this is a 3 hour plus movie, it's so good that it doesn't feel like it. All the main and supporting characters steal every scene they are in.
Tiring and underwhelming with some excellent performances and good writing, but doesn't know what it wants to be or say.
I’ll admit that I found much of Babylon mesmerizing, even when (maybe especially when) I also found it naive, bludgeoning and obtuse. Chazelle’s demolition of the Dream Factory may be rather too taken with its own naughtiness, but coming from a filmmaker who until now has been precociously well-behaved, it can be a welcome blast of impudence and sometimes just a blast.
At its best, Chazelle's film is a cinematic marvel, evidence enough that movies are magical, as it sweeps us into the beautiful, terrible world we recognise as Hollywood even now.
Babylon is often pure mayhem, but it’s the beauty of life and film itself underneath that makes this one of the best movies about movies this year, and one of the best films of 2022.