The upcoming Babylon courses along with a streak of devilish madness. It showcases a wilder and more excessive side to director Damien Chazelle who scored an Oscar for the more audience-friendly La La Land.
If the latter movie spun a gloriously bittersweet romance from modern-day Hollywood, then Babylon throws in at the deep end during the film industry's toxic birth. We witness a group of characters, variously successful, ambitious and troubled, as they navigate the onslaught of coke-fuelled, alcohol-driven parties of the so-called 'Roaring Twenties'.
Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie are just two of the big names in the cast, and the movie Is further propelled by a crackerjack score from Chazelle's regular collaborator Justin Hurwitz. The latter is the composer who landed an Oscar for La La Land and a Golden Globe for Chazelle's Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man.
Hurwitz's contribution to Babylon embodies the spirit of the movie: a roaring, thunderously jazzy salute to the worst aspects of human depravity and excess. In fact, a lot of the music we see being performed in the context of the movie (actor Jovan Adepo plays a jazz trumpeter) originated from Hurwitz's pen.
The Babylon soundtrack is already being cited as a potential Oscar contender, so go behind the scenes and see how he struck all the high notes.
Babylon is released at Cineworld on January 20, 2023 and you can book your tickets here.