It’s a somewhat quirky fact that the person who brought the world ‘Mad Max’ is also, at least partially, responsible for 1995’s saccharine-sweet family-friendly flic, ‘Babe’. But George Millar is definitely credited for having written both.
On paper, ‘Babe’ is not the kind of movie I should like. I was slightly too old to be in the movie’s target audience when it came out, but still far too young to have considered setting aside my preferred genre of mindless action movies and watching it anyway, despite its considerable critical acclaim. These days I’m older and possibly wiser than I was in 1995. Still, I do find that mindless action films are still my ‘go-to’ genre so it was with some trepidation that I sat down to watch this.
But it is really very good and more than a quarter of a century after its release it still holds up pretty well. It would be an understatement to describe this modern day fairytale as charming, but it is, more pertinently, very entertaining.
Not one to watch while eating a bacon sandwich though.
Score for Christmasishness
While only part of the movie is set at Christmas time, it is absolutely fundamental to the plot. The eponymous Babe is, after all, destined to be Christmas dinner at one point. Obviously watching this movie at Christmas does run the risk of ruining many a festive feast as people eschew the more carnivorous offerings for some vegan-friendly fayre. But my vegetarian wife has been ruining Christmas dinner for years anyway, so I could certainly tolerate ‘Babe’ as a regular part of my festive viewing schedule.