Often described as “the Citizen Kane of talking pig movies”, Babe is a film with just so much heart that anybody with one will be completely won over by it. I don’t think I’ve met a single human being who decried this film, and it currently holds a 100% approval from Top Critics on Rotten Tomatoes (though I haven’t sought out the one negative review that gave the general approval of the film a mere 98%). Babe also holds a special place in my heart; it was the first film I ever saw in theaters. To that end, and taking into account what I’ve said already, there’s no way this is getting anything but the most positive review from me.
The illusion of the animals being able to talk is what initially put this film on the map, and it is very well done; you fall into the film so easily despite the fact that it features real life animals talking to each other. The combination of visual effects and animatronics is seamless, and indeed I had to look up how they did it in order to be able to tell. The voice acting is very sweetly done, and the real-live actors are just about perfect, particularly James Cromwell, who got an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor (humorous to think about, that he was considered a “supporting actor” to the talking pig).
Everything here, from the incredibly sweet and pitch-perfect storyline, to the lush and perfectly-matched cinematography, evokes the highest sense of warmth from just about any viewer; the story does have some dark turns, obviously, but the narrative line is always resolving, and the film ends on a winning note for just about every character involved. This is nothing but a winner in my book, and I’m glad it did make The book; plus, it’s only an hour-and-a-half, so it goes by a lot quicker than it feels, just because the story is full-fledged, even for the time alloted. If you haven’t seen this, this is definitely a film that you’ll end up liking, for sure. Put this one on your “feel-good” movie list, and pop it in whenever you need a really good pick-me-up. It’s a talking pig, for god’s sake; what’s not to love about it?
Arbitrary Rating: 10/10