THE SPOILS OF BABYLON REVIEWED
“The Spoils of Babylon” works too well as a parody of 1970s/1980s TV mini series events. The first of two attempts at playing in the Jonrosh parody world, Will Ferrell is back as the bloated Orson Welles looking author of the source novel. An Eagle Eye level of detail is pursued in creating certain fictional trappings, but ultimately…what’s it all about? The target audience for most of the Funny or Die material is too young to really remember this kind of thing. Those that do are still annoyed by it not to enjoy a long form presentation.
The cast continues to be stellar, but there comes a time when it just becomes an Improv vanity project. That being said, if you can hang with it…you’re going to enjoy yourself. Tim Robbins is insanely comfortable as the patriach and Tobey Maguire seems to relish the oddity of his role. Everyone else just feels like they’re coasting. If you haven’t seen the second Jonrosh parody series, I’d recommend trying this one out first. The one thing it has going for it is the ability to fly by at a comfortable pace.
A/V QUALITY STATS
- 2.40:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1 surround