|Brooklyn Babylon (2001) is
yet another Romeo and Juliet star-crossed lovers story, this time set
in Brooklyn in adjacent black and Jewish neighborhoods. Juliet, played
to perfection by Karen Goberman, is a Jewish American Princess from an
orthodox family, engaged to a militant and thug-like Jew. She would
prefer to attend college. Romeo is a Rastafarian rap star (played by
Tariq Trotter). The literally bump into each other when the cars each
are riding in collide at an intersection. It is obvious that racial
tension is high, and it is against this backdrop that the two become
acquainted and fall in love.
||The film actively stresses cultural
differences, but, by the way it is cut, also shows the similarities.
For example, we cut back and forth between a club where Solomon
(Trotter) is rapping and everyone is dancing, and a Jewish wedding
with chanting, and dancing, showing the parallels. If you like
hip-hop, the sound track is a keeper, and Trotter is performing
through much of the film. Goberman is either a Brooklyn Jewish
American Princess who was type cast, or is a very promising young
actress, or both. She has a short love scene with Trotter that is
nothing but double exposure, cross fades and the like. There are some
breast shots in the jumble.
It is watchable, with some good points, and production values are
good. The DVD is bare bones.
General consensus: two
stars. filmcritic.com 2/5,
summary. Ten articles on file. 50% positive
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 7.4, Apollo users 28/100
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, it is a solid drama, which will appeal to
fans of the music as well, but probably won't win many converts
from the comedy or action lovers, so this film is a C.
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