According to Margot Robbie, the party scenes in Babylon are similar to those in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. Damien Chazelle, an Oscar winner, will soon release his magnificent story Babylon. The storyline recounts the rise and fall of several people in 1920s Hollywood and centers on themes of ambition and excess. In Babylon, Robbie plays Nellie LaRoy, a fictional character based on several stars.
According to Robbie, Babylon contains situations that are similar to the insaneness of The Wolf of Wall Street. Robbie reportedly believed that she would “never be in a picture as insane as this again” when she was filming The Wolf of Wall Street. Robbie’s professional ambitions were not met by Babylon. She calls Babylon “crazy” and says it is filled with “a dizzying amount of immorality.” See the complete quotation below:
Can Babylon Surpass the Success of The Wolf of Wall Street?
At first glance, there are certain similarities between Babylon and The Wolf of Wall Street even if they concentrate on slightly distinct spheres of wealth and splendor. Robbie appears in both movies, which is one example of casting overlap. The movies share similar themes with stories about excess in America’s wealthy, conceited class. In terms of their length, they also give these stories epic proportions. Babylon is expected to last 3 hours and 8 minutes, compared to The Wolf of Wall Street’s 3 hours. A mainstream artistic epic that is as insane as The Wolf of Wall Street is still difficult to imagine.
Babylon will need to work very hard to match The Wolf of Wall Street’s success, which was a commercial and critical success while being equally chaotic. Five Oscars were nominated for The Wolf of Wall Street, including best film and best director for Scorcese. Chazelle is well-recognized, despite not being as well-known as a titan like Scorcese, given how young he is in his career. He even holds an Oscar for best director for La La Land under his belt.
What the Past Work of Damien Chazelle Means for Babylon
The themes and tone of Babylon, which are said to be similar to those in Wolf of Wall Street, are ideally suited for Chazelle given his prior work. Since the beginning of his career, Chazelle has demonstrated a passion for exploring performers who are stretched beyond their comfort zones and for whom the love of art could interfere with their romantic relationships or other encounters. Before Whiplash, Chazelle explored these ideas in his first film, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, which was shot in black and white. Since then, he has produced First Man, Whiplash, and La La Land. The former in particular demonstrates that Chazelle is prepared for Babylon both thematically and stylistically. Whiplash is 105 minutes of styled worry, but it’s a type of ordered chaos that gives the movie its genius. According to Robbie, Babylon might produce a similar vibe. Babylon might provide a whole new level of turmoil, but with Chazelle in charge, he just might manage it.