Babylon trailer is confusing and jaw-dropping

Babylon opens on December 25

In 2016, the success of Damien Chazelle’s critically acclaimed Oscar-winning film “The Whip” brought audiences to the clubs, parks and twilight-lit nights of the acclaimed LA LA LAND. street. Now, after six years and one film — The First Man — Chazelle is once again ready to embark on another journey in the City of Angels. But this time, instead of telling the story of an aspiring actress and struggling jazz pianist looking for love under neon lights, we’re taking us to the crazy and gorgeous world of “Roaring Twenties” Hollywood, where there are All the glitz and glamour and chaos.

Ahead of the film’s premiere (scheduled for a limited release in AMC theaters this December, before a national release in January 2023), Chazelle and Paramount Pictures let the world go by with a chaotic and jaw-dropping Babylon trailer. The world got a brief glimpse of the film. Here’s a breakdown of the trailer’s highs, lows, and all the in-betweens, as Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Diego Calva play a young actor hoping to make a living in “Hollywood.”

Watch the trailer below:

Set in 1920s Hollywood

Since it was first announced that Damien Chazelle will transition from telling the story of humanity’s giant leap from the first man to telling the world of alcohol and drugs in 1920s Hollywood with BABYLON, it seems that It’s been a long time, and now it’s finally time to come to the world and see how he’s been doing over the past four years.

When the film hits the big screen, it will tell the story of Manny Torres (Calva), a struggling actor drawn to Hollywood to pursue a film career. But like any good story, success isn’t easy for the newcomer with a wet ear, as he has to work his way up the food chain as a lowly assistant. This will lead Torres to meet some real alien characters, like cult movie star Jack Conrad (Pitt) and aspiring actress Nellie LaRoy (Robbie).

Babylon Trailer Brings Chaos

Before any chaotic party scenes or movie-making on the busy Hollywood set, the BABYLON trailer begins with someone swallowing what appears to be a long snort of cocaine, as sitting between the characters Margot Robbie and Diego Calva as seen on the table. As Calva’s Manny Torres speeds up his speech describing what he wants out of life, flashes of impending chaos and madness fill the screen. Just before the scene ended, Robbie’s Nellie LaRoy said, “I just want everyone to party forever.”

That’s exactly what happens in the next two minutes, as rocking jazz numbers, partygoers, and all sorts of crazy things give viewers a taste of what they’ll see in the movie. If BABYLON is anything like the trailer, it should be like the more bombastic versions of the 1920s we’ve seen in films like The Great Gatsby, SOME LIKE IT HOT, and The Artist.

There’s also Damien Chazelle’s longtime musical partner, Justin Hurwitz, whose soundtrack highlights the madness of every scene in the trailer. Similar to how Hurwitz’s slow-paced “City of the Stars” set the tone for the gloomy and dreamlike quality of the LA LA LAND trailer, his chaotic big-band numbers turned up the volume on the roaring Babylon trailer.

Babylon trailer has jaw-dropping visuals

In addition to nearly two-and-a-half minutes of pure chaos, the Babylon trailer features just as much jaw-dropping visuals as it showcases a brief glimpse into the film’s world and characters whose lives are chaotic. Whether it’s showcasing dazzling drug and champagne parties, dancing socialites rubbing shoulders with movie and crime titans, or watching behind the scenes a massive Hollywood production featuring armies, battles, and sheer chaos, the footage is undoubtedly the beautiful.

Even in the less epic scenes, the Babylon trailer is frame after frame of beautiful art. Oscar-winning cinematographer Linus Sandgren is back, working his magic with amazing camera angles while using light better than anyone else. This should come as no surprise considering what Sandgren and Chazelle have been able to accomplish together, first with LA LA LAND and then with FIRST MAN. If the rest of the footage looks like half of the trailer, Sandgren is likely to leave awards season with another Oscar®.

Be sure to check out Babylon’s chaotic energy and jaw-dropping visual style, first in the film’s debut trailer, then Damien Chazelle’s latest feature film starting December 25, 2022 at When it opens in AMC theaters nationwide.


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