We finally have gotten the first trailer for Damien Chazelle’s highly anticipated upcoming film, Babylon.
With the film festivals like the Toronto International Film Festival still running, we momentarily are getting a good look at this year’s potential big Oscar contenders. Films like Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans, The Whale, or even Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery premiered with rave reviews. Meanwhile expected contenders like Bardo or The Son are dividing festival audiences, which could hurt their awards chances.
The only expected big contender missing in those Festivals is Babylon. Damien Chazelle’s highly anticipated first film in four years has been delayed a few times due to the pandemic but is now finally set to hit theatres this December.
And while other contenders have garnered some raves at the festivals, Babylon is momentarily not airing at any of those. Instead, we just got the first electrifying trailer to get excited about.
BABYLON SHOWS YOU THE 1920s AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THEM BEFORE
The trailer showcases gorgeous visuals and great looking production design. It features a Jazzy score to underline all the electrifying and insane stuff happening on screen. Margot Robbie fights a snake and Brad Pitts falls from a balcony. An alligator?! A lot is happening and the trailer focuses on the tone rather than the story of the film.
But it looks like we will follow Diego Calvas’ character through the “colorful” world of 1920s Hollywood. It also doesn’t happen often that trailers are Rated R, but Babylon shows a surprisingly high amount of drugs and nudity.
Chazelle had his breakout with his Oscar-nominated drama Whiplash for which J.K. Simmons won a deserved golden statue. His next film made La La Land made Oscar history as it became only the third film ever to be nominated in 14 categories. It didn’t win the big prize as it famously lost against Moonlight. It’s one of the most famous Oscar moments as the winning envelope was inadvertently swapped. His last film First Man is a sci-fi drama that only garnered some technical nominations but is hailed by many critics as one of the Best Films of 2018.
Babylon was originally set to reunite with Emma Stone, who won the Oscar for her performance in La La Land, but she had to drop out of the project due to scheduling conflicts. She instead collaborated again with her The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos for Poor Things, which is set to hit theatres sometime next year. Margot Robbie then joined the project, which reunited her with her Once Upon a Time in Hollywood co-star Brad Pitt.
Babylon is written and directed by Damien Chazelle and stars: Diego Calva, Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li, Jean Smart, P.J. Byrne, Lukas Haas, Olivia Hamilton, Tobey Maguire, Max Minghella, Rory Scovel, Katherine Waterston, Flea, Jeff Garlin, Eric Roberts, Ethan Suplee, Samara Weaving, and Olivia Wilde.
I am excited about Babylon. The energy of the trailer is exciting and unexpected. It looks like a combination of The Wolf of Wall Street and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The cast is stacked and it looks like everyone is bringing their A-game. The production and costume designs look fantastic. Early test screening reactions called it “A Masterpiece”. This really could be one of the best and most entertaining films of the year.
Babylon hits theatres in a limited release on December 25, before going wide on January 6, 2023.
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