Babies. What can I say about the documentary Babies? Babies are cute, and filmmaker Thomas Balmès delivers an hour-and-a-half of baby cuteness. Located throughout the world (Mongolia, Namibia, Japan and the U.S.), their settings and skin color may be different, but when all is said is done babies aren't that much different. They are curious, they love affection, they cry, they grow. They poop.
Babies succeeds on account of its topic. Balmès just sits back and photographs his subject. He lets the babies do the hard work. The movie is at times entertaining and always adorable. Anyone who likes babies will find something to enjoy with this movie.
Still, there's not a whole lot to the film. Balmès wants to show that children aren't all too different regardless of where they live or how they are being raised, but that point doesn't need much reinforcing. The movie bears no weight and no significance in the long run; it's cute, but beyond that it isn't much.
If you just adore babies, the documentary Babies is a good way to spend an hour and a half, but there are plenty of other ways to see babies in their natural environment.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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