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movie BABYLON brings the grand story filled with all the tragedy, dream and magic of Hollywood’s golden age in the 1920s. Stunning visuals and energetic jazz are accompanied by a fast-paced and solid narrative.

Babylon summary movie

Manuel “Manny” Torres (Diego Calva) dreams of breaking into the Hollywood film scene. He meets an energetic and attractive young girl, Nellie LaRoy (Margot Robbie) who thinks she is a star.

Margot Robbie as Nellie LaRoy and Diego Calva as Manny TorresMargot Robbie as Nellie LaRoy and Diego Calva as Manny Torres
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Nellie is finally recruited to star in a movie, while Manny is noticed by Jack Conrad, a silent film superstar. Initially, Manny was envisioned as an errand boy to show off his skills and was increasingly respected at Kinoscope Studios. Hollywood’s transition from silent to sound films then became a turning point in the changing fortunes of all three.

Feverish and noisy

Chaotic and tense. Two words best describe this movie. Another phenomenal post from Damien Chazelle Whiplash (2014) or la la land (2016).

The duration of 3 hours is not enough to describe the journey of the three main characters, and probably many other supporting characters in the Golden Age of Hollywood. It even took 30 minutes before the opening title Babylon appeared on the screen.

Spike Jonze as Otto Von Strassberger, Lukas Haas as George Munn and Robert Clendenin (back) as Assistant Director OttoSpike Jonze as Otto Von Strassberger, Lukas Haas as George Munn and Robert Clendenin (back) as Assistant Director Otto
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Neelie has his own dynamic as a newcomer actor. Meanwhile, Manny must fight his way to the end to enter the world of film. And Jack faced the rigors of moving from silent film to fast-paced sound.

Not to mention supporting character Sidney Palmer (Jovan Adepo), a black musician who gets his attention. His presence illustrates another interesting subplot, but it’s not well understood and instead expands the direction of this film.

The pace is fast, the plot progresses up and down, sometimes noisy with the sound of shots and shots, but do not forget to arrange moments of silence for the audience to take a moment’s breath from the complexity of the plot and the narrative. being forwarded.

Brad Pitt as Jack Conrad and Li Jun Li as Lady Fay ZhuBrad Pitt as Jack Conrad and Li Jun Li as Lady Fay Zhu
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The transitions from scene to scene are done very quickly. Although sometimes taken in unexpected directions. Giving surprises that make the audience always alert in their seats.

Chazelle is always good at bringing music and stories together. This time, he brought fast jazz beats to match the fast-paced plot throughout the turmoil of the 1920s-era Hollywood world.

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For an ordinary spectacle, Chazelle’s latest work is truly magnificent and highly complex, if not messy. But on the other hand, it presents a depiction of the dark side of Hollywood in its golden age.

whether Fabelmans (2022) presents what the films are like from the director’s point of view, BABYLON deeper into the world of Hollywood cinema than the people who are in it.

Diego Calva as Manny Torres in Paramount Pictures' BabylonDiego Calva as Manny Torres in Paramount Pictures' Babylon
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CIRCLE better or worse, Babylon is the most stunning representation of the world of film in the land of Uncle Sam; dreams and despair. All the chaos on display proves it all.

How to sum up in a 3-hour story the career journey of an A-list actor in transition, a young star thrown into the glamorous world of showbiz and the behind-the-scenes people who come and go. Really crazy.

The Hollywood gloss above unfortunately carries over into fragmented and overlapping narratives. It is like a movie story that is drowned in the representation of the four main characters.

In the end, mixed feelings emerge. Charting Hollywood’s evolution from silent color, black and white, to the digital age is a special tribute to an industry full of ‘wonders’.

Margot Robbie as Nellie LaRoy in Paramount Pictures' BabylonMargot Robbie as Nellie LaRoy in Paramount Pictures' Babylon
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In terms of looks and sound, Babylon is one of the few films that has found a place in cinemas. Although it is a shame that there are many censored and cut scenes in Indonesian cinemas, the experience of enjoying this film is not on a streaming service or at home.

movie BABYLON appeared as an ode to the golden age of Hollywood with all its problems. Opium for film lovers. But maybe it’s still not attractive enough for viewers who want to look for entertainment only.

Genre: Drama

Director: Damien Chazelle

Screenwriter: Damien Chazelle

Starring: Diego Calva, Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt

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Briefing

The movie Babylon appears as an ode to the golden age of Hollywood with all its problems. Opium for film lovers. But maybe it’s still not attractive enough for viewers who want to look for entertainment only.

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