I have wanted to see this movie since the award chatter began last year when it screened in Cannes last May. This past week, it became available on Redbox, so it soon found its way on to my TV. Full disclosure, I was multitasking for about the first 30-45 minutes, so I may not be giving full credit where credit is deserved, however the film was pretty easy to follow.
The film was well-made cinematographically. The cinematography was beautiful. The fact that it was shot in 16mm really added another sense of time to the film. The score was phenomenal, one of the most gorgeous of last year.
The acting was also amazing. Cate Blanchett did a fabulous job in her role, as did Mara, portraying believable emotions. Kyle Chandler did very well in his supporting role, capturing an antagonist that feels surprisingly human. Sarah Paulson also did a great job in her supporting role.
My biggest issue with the film is that the trailer overemphasized what the film was. The trailers had a sense of desperation and importance, making me think that the film was going to be much more intense, albeit in a romantic way. I did not get that feeling at all within this film, in fact I got quite the opposite. The film was a slow burn that seemed of little overall importance. Even the scenes that were the most climactic were subtle and seemed like they were not life-changing.
So overall, "Carol" is a well-made film, however it definitely falls short of what I expected it to be. If you're a film buff, the film has some great qualities, and if you love romance movies, you'll probably like it, but otherwise, it's probably not your cup of tea.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: Redbox rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
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