'The Spoils of Babylon'
(Jessica Alba, Kristin Wiig, Tim Robbins, Tobey Maguire, Will Ferrell, et al / DVD / NR / 2016 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: Legendary author Eric Jonrosh (Will Ferrell), the undisputed master of dramatic fi ction, introduces audiences to the brilliant adaptation of his best-selling novel, a sweeping chronicle of the provocative and captivating exploits of the Morehouse family. Patriarch Jonas Morehouse (Tim Robbins) shepherds his daughter Cynthia (Kristen Wiig) and adopted son Devon (Tobey Maguire) from meager beginnings in the oil fields of Texas to powerful boardrooms in New York City.
DVD Verdict: OMG! 'The Spoils of Babylon' is a great mini-series with a well developed story line that is stretched out nicely in to six half hour episodes. There are plenty of very funny scenes throughout the series, the best ones involving Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell, while every actor does their best in this series,these three seemed the most interested.
The series is a parody of old drama series, this is funny most if the time, but certain times the joke of making the show seem "old and lazy" goes too far and stops being funny after awhile. There are a ton of very well known actors throughout the six episodes. Indeed, there isn't one single episode that doesn't bring in a new character played by a very well known actor, to be fair!
OK, whilst 'The Spoils of Babylon' isn't a perfect and hilarious comedy series from start to finish, although I certainly think the show started off better and got a little weaker towards the end, it's only six episodes long, which won't take away a lot of your precious time. And with a great comedic cast and plenty of hilarious scenes it is definitely worth the watch.
And sure, although the production could not be referred to as "subtle", there are a lot of little touches that you really need to look for. I find it best if I first watch the show/episode so that I can go back and look at the little details thereafter. Like changes in the background that might otherwise go un-noticed, things are definitely there. It's sort of like the throwaways on "The Simpsons" where they pan through the house and you see skeletons in the walls - but you almost have to put the show into slo-mo to see these bits!
In closing, 'The Spoils of Babylon' is a momentous and sweeping tale of forbidden love, betrayal, corruption and bloodshed. With a mega cast including Jessica Alba, Jellybean Howie, Val Kilmer, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Sheen, Steve Tom and cameos by David Spade (whose character's fictional actors name is "Joseph Soil," a clear reference to David Spade's movie 'Joe Dirt'!), Molly Shannon, and even Carey Mulligan voicing a mannequin, it's now wonder that everyone, and I mean EVERYONE is talking about this mini-series as a future classic of TV! This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.