February 9, 2013 by Mithil
Everything in life is triggered by some or other event. One cannot just stand and say that he will live his life the way he wants it. Making choices in day to day events has consequences that sometimes affect on larger level.
This story travels the world depicting 4 stories that are somewhere connected with the events happening around them. Richard (Brad Pitt) and Susan (Cate Blanchett) try to resolve their marital problems by having quick trip to the barren lands of Morocco. Meanwhile at their home, their children are being kept involved by their nanny, Amelia (Adriana Barraza). She on the other hand has her nephews wedding to attend but is between a rock and a hard place as her work makes her stay at home with children. Zoom to the far east and there is this deaf-mute adolescent girl, Chieko (Rinko Kikuchi), who fails to get over the grief of her mothers death. Even with her disability to hear and talk she tries to blend in with the crowd but it’s not that easy as she thinks. In a small rural village in Morocco lies the trigger to all this events that will see them go through a phase that will alter the course of their lives.
Babel surpasses all kinds of boundaries when it tries to tell the story of people splayed across the face of earth interconnected by situation and emotion. It involves characters that are very real-like and similar to people we encounter on daily basis. In Brad Pitt I have seen the most glamorous actor play the most unglamorous role of any actors career. The movies is actually derelict of extravagant dialogues or witty punch lines but it never ceases to be a rollercoaster ride of emotions. To the core the movie is about being heard by dear ones, to be able to develop that connectivity with people you hardly met and not be marginalised by things that fall well below the ladder of relevance.
Although the story brings hell lot to the table, the soul lies in the character development that breathes so much of life into the movie. Almost all the the characters does incredibly emoting their words through their eyes like putting pen on paper. The other thing that movie does so efficiently is express solidarity to each other faiths and beliefs. You might be horrified or apprehensive but the movie shows it’s worth being open minded then live in secluded world of xenophobia.
As per my own habit I like to mention some artistically aesthetically scenes that will remain in my mind till some alien brain washes it. The old Moroccan woman passing her smoke to Susan to mitigate the pain, the little brother cover firing in order to save his injured brother and anguished father, Chieko scenes with policeman at the end were some of the best scenes. Also the scene involving US border patrol check was among the intense scenes in the movie.
I have seen better International collaboration but this movie requires special mention for it’s seamless and gripping screenplay. The editor of this move needs a special applaud for cutting the movie into right length without jeopardising it’s premise. I am not going to go around praising each and every actor in this movie because then I will be weighing them against each other and also I do not have the vocabulary to go through such immensely overwhelming performances. The director Alejandro González Iñárritu needs special mention too for even thinking of making such efforts.
In the end I am unable to judge the portrayals since there is that air of moral ambiguity present across the movie. I feel sorry for Amelia, happy for Susan and Richard, anguish for Moroccan family and sense of achievement for Chieko. This movie may not appease to wide range of spectators but it’s a like a reality on the big screen only the actors portraying the characters are pretending, rest all remains just as same and believable.