Well-blended characters (Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara) fill the screen with 1950's pop culture; Carol is a groundbreaking source of material in the shape of love.
While Carol was recently snubbed out of two grand Oscar noms for Best Director and Best Picture, don’t let the Academy's ignorance fool you. Carol was a spectacular film filled with strong female leads (Blanchett and Mara) that told a story of humane and organic love. The film really excels thanks to the keen camera eye of director Todd Haynes (Safe and Far From Heaven). Carol receives a five-star review from me.
Haynes explores the film in new directions and dark corners or the ‘50s era. The film demonstrates that a period piece can engagingly comment on recent events in our day and age. Carol is adapted from the Patricia Highsmith novel, The Price of Salt, and is beautifully executed through the script and through the lens of the camera. The story starts out rather simple; an aspiring photographer (Mara) develops an intimate relationship with an older woman (Blanchett), but soon becomes more and more complex.
Blanchett and her husband (a stern Kyle Chandler) are in the process of filing for divorce, but Harge (Chandler) doesn’t want to end the knot with Carol (the magnificent Blanchett). Carol is trying to move on in life and sparks a new fond in Therese (a wonderful Mara). When Harge finds out he decides to hold their little girl, Rindy, against Carol’s will so that she’ll have to stay with him. Harge does this through a term called a "morality clause" because homosexuality wasn’t illegal back in the 1950s. Now, Carol will have to fight for both her only daughter and Therese.
Carol is elegantly shot on Super 16 mm and shows us the beauty and shadows of the ‘50s era. Helmed by the two great leads (Blanchett and Mara), Carol soars to new directions and old glory. The visual equivalent and character development is more than enough to satisfy moviegoers alike. Carol still received 6 Oscar noms and was critical acclaimed from critics from its truly groundbreaking source of material. Carol is a romantic movie that shows us a burning love story of friendship, passion and heartache. Carol ends on touching results and is one of the year’s best!
Carol is rated R (Restricted). For a scene of sexuality/nudity and brief language.
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