Reviewed by: Pamela Karpelenia
Hedonism, unbriddled decadence, debauchery and depravity in Hollywood film industry
What does it mean to be LASCIVIOUS? Answer
What is the FALL OF MAN? Answer
Self destructive behavior
Drug and alcohol abuse / About DRUNKENNESS in the Bible
Movie with very strong and crude sexual content
What is sexual immorality?
Nudity—Why are humans supposed to wear clothes?
Sexual lust outside of marriage—Why does God strongly warn us about it?
Is there a way to overcome excessive lust for sex?
Ego and excessive ambition / pridefulness vs. humility
Danger of believing yourself to be invincible and that you can have and do anything
Purity—Should I save sex for marriage?
TEMPTATIONS—How can I deal with them?
CONSEQUENCES—What are the consequences of sexual immorality?
What is SIN AND WICKEDNESS? Answer
About DIVORCE and God’s Word
Diego Calva … Manny Torres
Margot Robbie … Nellie LaRoy
Brad Pitt … Jack Conrad
Olivia Wilde … Ina Conrad
Samara Weaving … Constance Moore
Lukas Haas … George Munn
Max Minghella … Irving Thalberg
Tobey Maguire … James McKay
Eric Roberts … Robert Roy
Katherine Waterston … Estelle
Ethan Suplee … Wilson
Spike Jonze …
Jovan Adepo … Sidney Palmer
Li Jun Li … Lady Fay Zhu
Jean Smart … Elinor St. John
Phoebe Tonkin … Jane Thornton
Jeff Garlin … Don Wallach
Jennifer Grant … Mildred Yates
Lewis Tan …
P.J. Byrne … Max (Ruth’s Assistant Director)
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|Distributor||Paramount Pictures Corporation, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS|
Hollywood’s seedy underbelly revealed—grossly immoral, obscene, blasphemous, evil and disgusting”
Before I review this film, I want be very clear that I regret watching it. My favorite movie of all time is “Singin’ in the Rain,” and this film goes out of its way tarnish any idea of what people enjoyed about that film and old Hollywood itself. The film showcases the most depraved and disgusting behavior while attempting to make homosexuality seem normal in comparison and the portraying the black character as having a moral high ground, opposite of the white white characters which are shown as odious in nature. This absolutely intentional woke antic is something I’m noticing more and more as a person that happens to be black. I have come grown to truly despise this narrative that is running rampant in modern cinema.
I want to start out by absolutely discouraging anyone from seeing this film, and I will lay out why.
“Babylon” starts off with the lead character attempting to get an elephant to a party. This seemingly comical opening quickly makes a turn, where a character is soon covered in elephant feces, it serves as prelude of what the viewing audience is in for.
Let’s start with the acting, our “protagonist” Manny (Diego Calva), is an immigrant who came to America to chase a dream of working in films, he’s soon met by Nellie LaRoy (Margot Robbie), a wild aspiring actress who sees herself as a star who hasn’t had her big break. The film has several different storylines, including the prominent character of Jack Conrad (Brad Pitt), a leading man of the silent film era. Other side storylines include Sidney Palmer (Jovan Adepo) a talented black trumpet player who believes he wants the limelight. The cast is star studded with supporting actors Li Jun Li, Jean Smart and Tobey Maguire. The acting is well done, but the film itself is just abhorrent.
The plot highlights the end of the silent movie era and the transition into talking pictures. It follows the characters in their rise and fall, with twisted turns along the way. A lot of the characters are loosely based on real Hollywood stars of that time, although there is no real way to know the actual level of debauchery occurring at that time and how much is embellished for shock value, because the director knew he could get away with it by calling it art.
There is an attempt to showcase the beauty of moviemaking and the people who made it possible, with the deeply secular message that life is fleeting, so do as you will, but film is immortal. However, the way it’s conveyed is atrocious, with every heinous thing imaginable on full display.
As for objectionable content, take your pick! Blasphemy (over 20 instances), foul language (over 150 F-words alone, graphic sex/orgies, fornication, murder, blood, feces and urination, homosexuality (shown as good and as almost virtuous), alcohol, drinking, drugs, blood, violence, suicide, male and female nudity (frontal and back), eating of a mouse fully shown. Sexual intercourse shown at parties and in a dungeon of some sort. Nothing is implied, everything is shown in explicit detail; I had to overt my eyes.
The depravity of man is on full display.
“Flee from Babylon! Run for your lives! Do not be destroyed because of her sins. It is time for the LORD’s vengeance; he will repay her what she deserves.” —Jeremiah 51:6
We as Christian must not conform to this world. The Bible’s warning is apt, avoid this film and everything it promotes. There is no redeeming value, nothing but vile refuse portrayed as art. I view this film as an obituary for Hollywood.
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