The premise of The Spoils of Babylon is that it's a TV miniseries based on a fictitious novel by a fictitous author, played by Will Ferrell. The whole thing is intentionally hyper-dramatic, and it is hilarious.
And now for a few notes on why The Spoils of Babylon is awesome:
1. The Cast:
We've all come to expect hilarity from Kristen Wiig and Will Farrell, but Tobey Maguire and Haley Joel Osment showed unexpected comic chops. Additionally, appearances from the likes of David Spade, Val Kilmer, Jessica Alba, Tim Robbins, Molly Shannon, Michael Sheen, and a whole bunch more make this a crazy all-star cast.
2. The Hair:
This story spans several decades, and Kristen Wiig's hair, makeup, and costumes reflect all of them to the max.
3. Devon Morehouse's (as played by Tobey Maguire) Wife:
This one is a spoiler. So don't read past this sentence if you don't want that. But Tobey Maguire's character, Devon Morehouse, gets married in this movie, and his wife is inexplicably....wait for it...a mannequin. They never discuss it. She's just there, and she's a mannequin. What's more is that she has a baby, and the baby is a real person later in the story. I can't even.
4. The Sets:
All the establishing shots in The Spoils of Babylon are done with very obvious models. Excellent.
5. The Shots:
This miniseries is shot in so many different ways and just sort of changes visual genres at will. You're constantly left thinking "wait what?" My favorite moment was a split screen between Kristen Wiig and Haley Joel Osment.
In case you needed to watch the trailer, I've placed it conveniently in this post!
So, if you're looking for something to binge watch this holiday weekend, might I suggest The Spoils of Babylon? It's weird and wonderful.