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Who loves babies?
Aw look at the adorable little babies. Who could resist their charms? Seriously, who doesn't love babies? In fact, what if there was a documentary about babies, then how could anyone not possibly like the movie? After all, everyone loves babies, right? Or if your not really a baby person, then there's always puppies and kittens playing with the infants. Would that be enough for you to watch the movie then? At least that's what Thomas Balmes thinks anyway.
For those who are unfamiliar with this movie, "Babies" is essentially a documentary about four babies from different parts of the world. Where Thomas Balmes and his camera crew chronicle the first year of their lives, from their births to the first day they take their first steps. Unlike most documentaries, there's no narration during this movie. In fact, the parents of these kids are rarely seen most of the time, as the documentary truly shows you the exploits of these little infants.
During the film, audiences will undoubtedly be entranced by these infants charms and enthusiasms. Although the babies do cry a lot throughout the film, you can't help but love them as you watch them interact with the world around them. I was laughing so much when I saw how Bayar, Mari and Hattie interacted with the cats they lived with, as it was almost too precious to watch. Heck, even the scene where Panijao plays with her pet puppy is very cute and funny.
I guess by now, many of you can tell that I did like this movie. Like I said earlier, who doesn't love babies? In fact, you'd have to not like children in general to hate this film. Therefore, the question you should be asking me isn't about whether or not I liked this film. No, you should be asking me if this film even should be considered a documentary. The short answer to that is no but then again, what would "Babies" be classified as if not as a documentary? To that question, I honestly don't know.
As much as "Babies" was entertaining to watch, it just didn't feel like a documentary. It certainly wasn't as informative as one would expect a documentary to be, and I didn't learn anything new about babies from watching this. Other than the fact that they cry a lot, and they seem to love animals too. Therefore, I'm not sure if "Babies" qualifies as a documentary, as the whole movie seemed like it was more of a culmination of home videos chronicling these little tyke's lives. You know, the kind of home videos mommies and daddies typically take of their children during special events of their lives. (i.e. Their first word, step, and etc. Or even a school play or sporting event they're in for instance) Yeah, that's kind of how the film seemed like to me. It was as if Thomas Balmes just collected a series of home videos of four different babies, and turned them into one documentary ensemble. Don't get me wrong, I'm not slandering this movie at all nor am I saying it's a bad documentary to watch. Far from it actually, as I loved every minute of this movie.
"Babies" certainly isn't your traditional type of documentary, but it's rather charming. It's almost as if Thomas Balmes knew that the personality and charm of these little babies alone, would make the film worth watching. Overall, unless you absolutely can't stand children, then you'll love every minute of this movie. I highly recommend it.