“Babylon” dives into the toxic and self-pleasuring world of Hollywood. Director Damien Chazelle delivers a story about dreamers and the highs and lows that comes with their ambition.
Discover life beyond the cameras and find out where you can watch “Babylon” in Canada.
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What Is Babylon About?
“Babylon” is a black-comedy period drama that explores the glitz and the glamor of 1920s Hollywood stardom and the subsequent debauchery and self-destruction that follows. The film centers on three characters and their individual experiences at a tumultuous time when Hollywood and filmmaking begin to shift.
Manny is an aspiring Mexican immigrant with dreams of making it big in the US. Manny gets acquainted with veteran Hollywood actor Jack Conrad and the ambitious starlet Nellie LaRoy. The trio’s stories converge as they navigate the treacherous landscape of Hollywood filmmaking in a bid to achieve fame, fortune, and success. Their paths are mired with numerous controversies, career-ending setbacks, and shifting industry practices and social values.
“Babylon” was first screened at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles, California, on November 14, 2022. The film premiered in theaters worldwide on December 23, 2022. The Hollywood period epic chronicles the rise and fall of its daring stars within a lengthy 189-minute runtime.
Who Are in the Cast and Production of Babylon?
Academy-award-winning French-American filmmaker Damien Chazelle wrote and directed the 1920s-themed black comedy. Chazelle is well-known for his acclaimed works like “La La Land,” “First Man,” and “Whiplash.” Paramount Pictures worked with C2 Motion Picture Group and others to bring to life Chazelle’s vision of Hollywood. Paramount Pictures also served as the film’s distributor. Chazelle is joined by a supremely talented cast of big-name actors like:
- Diego Calva as Manuel “Manny” Torres
- Brad Pitt as Jack Conrad
- Margot Robbie as Nellie LaRoy
- Jean Smart as Elinor St. John
- Jovan Adepo as Sidney Palmer
- Li Jun Li as Lady Fay Zhu
- P.J. Byrne as Max
- Tobey Maguire as James McKay
- Max Minghella as Irvin Talbert
- Katherine Waterson as Estelle
- Olivia Wilde as Ina Conrad
What is the Rating for Babylon?
“Babylon” is rated 18A in Canada. The black-comedy period drama contains multiple scenes with copious and graphic depictions of sexual and violent acts. The film also delves into mature and complex themes concerning frivolous and reckless behavior, alcoholism, drug abuse, and suicide. The film is not appropriate for viewers younger than 18 years old.
How Many People Watch Babylon?
Despite a talented, stacked cast and undeniable talent behind the camera, “Babylon” underperformed at the box office. It debuted with only $3.5 million during its opening weekend. “Babylon” only grossed $63.4 million at the global box office.
How Are the Reviews for Babylon?
“Babylon” polarized film critics and casual movie-goers for its opulent and excessive depiction of Hollywood. Critics commended Chazelle’s direction, the film’s gorgeous set design, and the cast’s phenomenal performances. Critics weren’t too keen on the film’s overstuffed narrative and the sickening display of hedonism. Despite the divided critical reception, “Babylon” earned numerous award nominations and won several distinctions for its score, and the film’s costume and production design. “Babylon” received a middling 56% score from Rotten Tomatoes. Chazelle’s newest film fared better with Metacritic and IMDb, receiving a 60% score and a 7.2 rating, respectively. Discover what critics loved and hated about “Babylon”:
- “In keeping with the exuberance of early Hollywood, Mr. Chazelle and his creative team—Linus Sandgren’s cinematography, Florencia Martin’s production design and Mary Zophres’s costumes all have to be dazzling to maintain Mr. Chazelle’s vision, and they are—create the feeling of a madcap, whirling ride.” – Kyle Smith of The Wall Street Journal
- “Babylon is the kind of grandiose folly that at least gives the viewer a big old mess to chew on.” – David Sims of The Atlantic
Where to Watch Babylon in Canada?
Experience the good, the bad, and the ugly in Hollywood on Paramount Plus and VOD services.
Is Babylon Available on Streaming?
Damien Chazelle’s “Babylon” is streaming on Paramount Plus. The streaming service offers users access to its library of content and live TV channels. Paramount Plus is home to films like “Scream 6” and “Hellraiser.”
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Is Babylon Available for Rent (VOD)?
“Babylon” is also available for streaming on VOD platforms. You have the option to rent or purchase the film. Please keep in mind that rented movies are subject to a limited viewing period.
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Is Babylon Available on Cable or Free TV?
“Babylon” is unavailable on free and cable TV, but the film can now be enjoyed on DVD.
Should I Use a VPN to Watch Babylon?
You don’t need a VPN to experience “Babylon” on Paramount Plus or VOD.
The Hollywood Dream
Damien Chazelle masterfully crafts an unforgettable tale of oversized dreams and inflated egos set in the backdrop of 1920s Hollywood. The film’s overindulgent and self-gratifying story perfectly encapsulates what it means to dream in Hollywood. Experience the beauty and the ugly of fame and fortune with “Babylon” on Paramount Plus and VOD services available in Canada.