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,...
Conclusion: I smiled throughout Babies . Its tiny tots are endearing subjects and Alméras, Bradshaw, Petitteville and Turpin's infectious photography captures a number of invaluable slice-of-life milestones. Unfortunately, Balmès aims a bit low and delivers something tantamount to a Cannes screensaver. What it offers in cute encounters of the toddling kind, it lacks in depth. What it has to say about mankind's commonality is rather obvious and uneventful. Is it a bad film?
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. They're talking, of course, about Babies .
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.