If there was a film equivalent to that one raucous party guest who is entertaining but also a little too much, it would be Babylon.
The three-hour epic set in the 1920s, written and directed by Damien Chazelle, is an excessive love letter to the film industry, the allure of fame, and the hedonistic lifestyle that comes with it.
It's also visually stunning, with an all-star cast and a dazzling sequence of musical scenes, and yet I’ve never been so conflicted about a movie as I am after watching Babylon.
Take a look at the trailer for Babylon. Post continues after video.
In the film, Diego Calva stars as Manuel "Manny" Torres, a Mexican-American immigrant who dreams of working in the film industry and who slowly starts to make his way up the ladder after a chance meeting with some industry heavyweights at a debaucherous Los Angeles party.
Amongst those characters are Jack Conrad (Brad Pitt) a silent film star who, after years of being one of Hollywood's most bankable actors, can feel his career slipping away and so attempts to hide his pain via excessive drinking and multiple wives.