MovieBabble is a WordPress blog designed to review and critically assess new movies and what merits new movies may have. Beginning in late 2016 with a review of “Deepwater Horizon,” the creator (unnamed on their website) has strived to create a space to discuss movies in a way that is accessible to all, while also strengthening their own ability to write about and review that which they love. According to their about page, they “work to extract as much new information about everything movies from storytelling devices, cool camera tricks and anything else you could possibly ever think of.” Being a new follower of the blog, it should be interesting to see the manners in which they progress as a reviewer, as well as how their tastes may change. This could be reflected in the content they produce in addition to the way they visually present said content.
The first thing that sticks out to me about their site is the simplicity of it all. They have chosen, so far, to stick to a standard WordPress format with no extra bells or whistles. They have included their social media, as well as a contact page in order for others to reach out to them, but other than that, the site is relatively bare bones, and this would be one thing that could possibly be changed in order to make the site more visually palatable and draw in new readers. The place in which MovieBabble shines is wholly in the content they produce. From basic reviews of recent movies to some of their best (& worst) of lists through the past and present of cinema, each post is tailor made to the creator’s individual personality and skill in critically assessing film as we know it.
My favorite review of theirs thus far has been the one they wrote for the new film, “Get Out.” It is already one of my favorite movies of recent memory, and the creator brought up a handful of points that I didn’t even think of during and after watching the film. One major point, for example, is how “Get Out” managed to create something heretofore unseen in horror films; not only is Jordan Peele’s story completely original (not being sourced from any other form of media, not a remake, and so on), it also manages to tackle race and identity in ways movies of its ilk have not previously done. There have been Blaxploitation and black-produced or black-centered horror movies in the past, but these movies tend to play up satire and humor more than anything. With MovieBabble’s review of “Get Out,” I was able to think about an already amazing movie in a completely different way.
Overall, MovieBabble does a great job of not only building a repertoire of movies to watch (or avoid) personally, it also shows how much passion and joy goes into writing these articles for the creator of the website. I sincerely hope they continue on in the direction they are going, combining original viewpoints and tried-and-tested methods of writing about the media we consume into its own body of work that shines as a beacon of media criticism and the fun we can have when we participate in critical discussions. While the focus of my blog will continue to be based around music and the avenues we can explore in that world, it’s enlivening to see that other people are equally as passionate about other forms of art and media.