I think movies are pretty neat.
Finally, a movie brave enough to take a definitive stance and proclaim that there will always be one universal truth in this world - fart jokes are funny.
1. My mind has been made up for a while but this just further seals the deal, without an ounce of irony I believe that Nicolas Cage is one of the greatest performers of my lifetime. Such a great balance between pathetic and empathetic.
2. Tim! Meadows! We need more…
What's there to say that hasn't already been said? I think it's so vital that we watch stories from perspectives outside of our own without being aggressively told how to feel about them. We gain so much empathy and understanding when we allow a movie to flow freely and let it push us into uncomfortable truths, all the while treating us like adults and letting us come to terms with our feelings along the way. This one for me felt…
I am very much pro-Babylon, pro-spending millions of studio dollars on big original swings, pro-whatever it was that Toey Maguire was doing, pro-Margot Robbie’s New Jersey accent, just very much all around pro-living in a world where this movie gets greenlit. What a good time at the movies :)
Side Note: There’s a short scene at a high brow party where Manny lies and tells a white, power player that he’s Spaniard (not Mexican) that really sealed it for me. The white-washing we sometimes put ourselves through on both a conscious and subconscious level for approval while losing identity along the way is really something.