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21 Grams
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Babel
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Alejandro González Iñárritu

Old 02-26-07, 11:57 PM
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Alejandro González Iñárritu

which is his best work

I haven't seen "Babel" yet
caught "Amores Perros" on IFC and thought it was brilliant
recently rented "21 Grams" and while a fine movie didn't find it to be as good as AP

also how do you feel about him using the same narrative style in all 3 of his films?
did I read correctly that these 3 were a trilogy and will his next movie move away from his use of interconnecting stories told in a non chronological order?
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21 Grams by far. The focus that the smaller story had on Inarritu made his storytelling more cohesive. When he tries to tell several different stories, he can't figure out how to do it. Amores Perros owed too much to Pulp Fiction, and Babel was two good storylines mixed with two overly manipulative storylines.
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How about a choice for none? I haven't seen Amores Perros. Found 21 Grams very mediocre, Babel slightly better. He's all about style over substance, it feels like to me. The main problem I had with "Babel" is that I could feel the writer's hand in almost every scene – you shouldn't be able to see the strings that easily on the puppets. Little of it felt unforced, save perhaps the Japanese girl's storyline, which almost belonged in an entirely different movie. He's technically quite a good stylist but I haven't cared for the stories in the two movies of his I've seen at all - melodramatic and straining for unearned profoundness, IMHO.
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Originally Posted by Suprmallet
21 Grams by far. The focus that the smaller story had on Inarritu made his storytelling more cohesive. When he tries to tell several different stories, he can't figure out how to do it. Amores Perros owed too much to Pulp Fiction, and Babel was two good storylines mixed with two overly manipulative storylines.


21 Grams is probably one of my favorite movies of all time. Babel was disappointing.
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I am a very big fan of all three. Amores Perros and 21 Grams have been watched several times and have equal admiration from me. Amores Perros benefited from a stellar breakout performance by Gael Garcia Bernal; 21 Grams had one from Naomi Watts. Only after several viewings each have I found myself liking each more and more.
Babel was excellent. I saw it in the theater and just bought the DVD, but I haven't seen it enough to consider it an equal with the other two.
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I will agree about Bernal's performance. Naomi Watts' breakout performance was in Mulholland Drive, though. 21 Grams just cemented how great she was.
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I saw Babel and thought it was good. Then sought out 21 grams. And 21 grams blows Babel out of the water. It makes Babel look pedestrian. The story, direction, performances, cinematography, everything was better in 21 grams. Innarritu's first Best Picture and Director nods should have been there.
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt


21 Grams is probably one of my favorite movies of all time. Babel was disappointing.
I tend to agree. Babel was technically wonderful with very solid performances but it left me cold and unmoved. It was a blind buy on DVD that I regretted as soon as the film ended.

To be honest, I have yet to see AP.
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Not understanding the love for 21 Grams. I thought it was a mediocre movie. I've liked his other two.
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21 Grams by far, though it was hurt slightly by it's editing style. Amores Perros was alright but a little too disjoint for my tastes, Babel also seemed a bit disjoint.
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Amores Perros without a doubt.
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I thought Babel was good, but not Oscar worthy. Only 2 of the stories I found interesting. 21 Grams is being sent by Netflix today.
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Best Film: 21 Grams
The one I Liked the most: Amorres Perros, because, despite it's flaws and being less polished than the above, it has a certain grit and rawness in it's excesses that appeals to me.
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They're all great films, if pressed I rank them as follows.

21 Grams
Amorres Perros
Babel
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I found 21 Grams considerably tedious, and that kept me from rushing to see Babel (and later word-of-mouth from trusted sources aren't persuading me any further).

Amores Perros, however, I enjoyed. Between the 2 films, I think the slight variation in tones (thematically and also visually) between the 3 stories in Amores Perros worked so much better than the consistent abject misery presented in 21 Grams.

It's been years since I've seen either, so my opinions may be a bit generalized, but are still true in spirit to my initial reactions.
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Originally Posted by sundog
I found 21 Grams considerably tedious, and that kept me from rushing to see Babel (and later word-of-mouth from trusted sources aren't persuading me any further).
If it helps, I liked Babel well enough. I think I gave it 3/5 stars.
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I have only seen 21 grams. I liked it alot even though it was probably the most depressing movie I have ever seen.
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
If it helps, I liked Babel well enough. I think I gave it 3/5 stars.
Thanks.

I am not averse to seeing Babel, it's just low in my filmgoing priorities.
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Another vote for None of the Above. After Babel, I'm done with Iñárritu. I find his visual style to be accomplished; however, in both Amores Perros and Babel the stories left me cold. None of the characters engaged me despite all the "drama" shoved in my face. Re: Babel, perhaps it was because I felt like I was being prompted to feel something. I was never allowed to casually encounter the stories due to the time constraints of presenting four plotlines. While the writing and overall production aesthetic was infinitely more engaging than Crash last year, the overall experience was similarly off-putting. Meh to all three. Give me a 90min movie about only the Moroccan story or Rinko Kikuchi's character and I'd be more interested.

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Amores Perros > 21 Grams > Babel
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Babel is just a huge story. A great final chapter to the trilogy would have been an expanded two-part of Babel, I found each story interesting though.
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Originally Posted by Ginwen
Amores Perros >> 21 Grams >>>>> Babel
exactly, but fixed

Babel was a good movie, but not nearly as good as the other two.
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Originally Posted by jdpatri
Another vote for None of the Above.
There's no reason that should be a choice in this thread. The question is "what do you think his best film is?" not "do you like any of his films?". If you don't like any of his films you can still chose what you think his best one is, or you could not vote. I mean best does not equal good.

I've only seen 21 Grams and I thought it was pretty good. I'm interested in seeing the other ones, though. Although I'm kind of expecting to get tired of his style.

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