Excerpt: "The adventure of a lifetime begins... Directed by award-winning filmmaker Thomas Balmès, from an original idea by producer Alain Chabat, this film simultaneously follows four babies around the world – from birth to first steps. The children are, respectively, in order of on-screen introduction: Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal, who resides with his family in Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo,...
Summary: Babies may strike some as extraordinary, irresistible, joyous, buoyant and wonderful, but others will simply wonder what all the fuss is about. French director Thomas Balmès' documentary is as minimalistic as they come -- not a hint of narration, scant cultural context and little substance -- and its wafer-thin message about commonality grows redundant long before its 79-minutes come to a close. I smiled, sure.
Excerpt: The Film When preparing for that new baby (especially the first), it's funny how we feel the need to prepare. We amass vibrating chairs, swings, pacifiers and endless onesies. Apparently, none of that is really needed -- at least not according to the movie Babies . Babies is a documentary that follows four wee ones for the first year of life.
Conclusion: 'Babies' is currently a Target exclusive, but next time you're there buying socks, don't throw 'Babies' in your basket unless you're already a fan. It's a largely aimless, frightfully dull documentary that has no point, thesis, or narrative besides "Gee, aren't babies cute," which, granted, they are (well, except for unibrow babies). But you don't have to watch 85 minutes of babies interacting with various animals to understand that.
Excerpt: This weekend's big attraction, of course, is Iron Man 2 , which offers spectacle and wonder the likes of which you've never seen. As an alternative, Focus Features is inviting the audience to marvel at something ordinary enough that it unites all humans, but miraculous enough that it inspires tears of awe.
Excerpt: In a rare case of truth in advertising, "Babies" gives audiences exactly what's promised: 78 minutes of unfiltered infant adventure. It's not a documentary in the traditional sense, lacking a purring narrator or an expert opinion to anchor it. Instead, the picture provides an up-close glimpse of life at its earliest wobbly stages, tracking the rise of four new, bewildered members to the human race.
Excerpt: Say this for Babies : No one can leave complaining they didn’t get what the title promised. Conceptually, a documentary about babies doing stuff could be fairly seen as either brilliant in its simplicity—after all, “everyone loves babies,” as the tagline proclaims—or completely inane for the same reason.