Damien Chazelle brushes off Babylon’s poor reception, saying more films should “ruffle some feathers” like they did.
It doesn’t seem like that long ago that Damien Chazelle Babylon would be a major contender at the Oscars. After all, with marquee names like Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, and set during one of the most iconic eras in Hollywood history, it seemed like just the kind of movie that would play with Academy voters. And then people saw it – or rather, didn’t see it.
But the generally poor reception of Babylon at the box office and by critics alike, writer/director Damien Chazelle isn’t getting too much down. According to himcan the film at least spark some discussions and inspire other films to make their mark in a different way. “It’s good to have something that stimulates conversation and debate and a lot of strong opinions on both sides. We all knew the movie was going to ruffle some feathers and piss some people off, and I think that’s a good thing. More movies should do that.”
It’s certainly a positive outlook for a movie that’s one of the biggest flops of 2022 that can’t connect across the board — at least in the US, since the French seem to love it! Still, Damien Chazelle won’t hold any grudges over the disappointment Babylon reception. “I don’t pay much attention to it…You know, it’s an interesting thing about where you make something, and then I think it kind of becomes—once the filmmaker finishes the film—the audience’s, and that includes the critics, includes everyone. And everyone will have a different take on the movie. And I think they’re all legitimate.”
Regardless of its dismal box office performance – it pulled in $14.8 million domestically on a roughly $80 million budget and currently holds a 55% on Rotten Tomatoes. (Our own Chris Bumbray gave it a 6/10 and said it might be ripe for developing a cult following.)
As such Damien Chazelle’s Babylon will likely be out of Oscar contention for the most part, barring some recognition in the technical categories—the same thing happened to First man. However, it is possible that Babylon lead Diego Calva could get the best male nod that Ryan Gosling couldn’t. This is still a long way off La La Land‘s record with 14 nominations, in addition to Damien Chazelle becoming the youngest Best Director of all time. La La Landdid of course does not win best picture…
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