So I took myself to see Babel the other day. I wanted to see it when it came out but, well, life interrupted. And, I'll admit it, the Oscar buzz got to me. So I picked Babel over 'Letters from Iwo Jima,' and I was fine with my choice. It was a good movie, a bit stressful, but well done.
Still, I left with that odd sort of feeling like I got duped. And I realized, that's because Brad Pitt just can't act.
The guy is literally just a pretty face who brings nothing to the screen. I'll admit that when George Clooney is on screen, he has skills, he commands the scene. Same with Leonardo DiCaprio. But Pitt? Name two roles the guy actually should get nominated for, I dare you.
Here's the list if you want a refresher.
I loved him in "Ocean's 11" but mostly because Soderbergh had him eating in every scene. Hilarious. But the guy needs nachos to be funny when Clooney walks out of jail in a tux?
"Se7en" was another great movie. But that was more David Fincher and Kevin Spacey than Pitt. Hell, even boring Gwenyth found a way to outshine Brad in that one.
Pitt for me will always be the loser he sort of started off in film as - the hick in "Thelma and Louise." Sure, he's done well - and doing good -with Angelina. But see Babel and tell me, honestly, that the Academy didn't know what they were doing when they "snubbed" Brad.