Not often do films receive a 10-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival. But Carol is one of the most artistically brilliant works ever made. Cate Blanchett’s performance is astonishingly good—and yet Rooney Mara’s performance is somehow equally special. Their chemistry is mesmerizing; you can really feel the tension slowly build between their characters like electricity. But despite the likes of Blanchett (who became one of my favorite actors ever due to this film), Mara, Kyle Chandler, and Sarah Paulson, Carol is not a film that relies upon its ridiculously talented acting ensemble. It is simply just too consummate in its greatness. As far as I’m concerned, Carol is a virtually flawless work of art.
Let me start with the set and production design. With the story taking place in 1950s New York, Carol is like a time machine. Insofar as my extensive research says, it captures its setting so extremely well that it is almost indistinguishable from the actual 1950s Brooklyn era. The furniture, makeup, and hairstyling are perfect. The script is magical—while sticking to the setting’s vernacular endearingly—and the words come out of the characters’ mouths with a sense of timing and delicacy that shines. Edward Lachman’s cinematography is breathtaking, with every single shot proving to be marvelous in its own right. Todd Haynes’s directing is careful and focused. Carter Burwell’s original score and the soundtrack provide incredible music that compliments the film splendidly. And so on.
And let me add that this is the only romance film with which I’ve encountered such a profound experience. I’m usually not into romance on screen. But this is so artful. It is candid. It truly feels real. It’s also crazy that this is a lesbian love story unfolding between two heterosexual actors. It further testifies to their greatness. You can see the emotion every time they touch each other, even with a slight graze. You can feel the desire in the gazes they cast upon each other. It’s hard to stop admiring the convincing body language, expressions, and gestures. I love every aspect of Carol—from Blanchett and Mara’s acting to the subtle little things like the costume designing. I don’t often notice such things. But this monolith is unlike any other film. Carol transcends all expectations. To me, it is one of the greatest films of all time.
i want to rewatch it a thousand times
Very relatable. Cheers!
Ha featuring your girl!
This is such a great film. It’s one of my favourites films. Carol was definite written for Cate. She plays the role so beautifully.
Have you read the book that it’s based on?
So true. She nailed the role so naturally. And no I haven’t! Would you recommend?
I would definitely recommend the book. There are somethings that are slightly different but it’s definitely worth the read
I have prime video but only on my phone for some strange reason. I hate netflix. Just nothing, nothing, nothing on there.
Aw dang. Only on your phone? Can you not find your email via that and then use the “Forgot my password” function if you don’t remember it?
Your elderly aunt, Paltry in California is a bit tech challenged, I’ve tried, then get locked out of my own Amazon account.
Aw dang, I’m so sorry. Let me know if you need help and I could see what I can do. But if not I totally understand!
Thank you! I probably won’t risk my weekly drops of Hemp powder and tea bags!
Ha sounds good!
And totally agree. Netflix is mostly just trashy stuff, in my opinion.
Yep! Though I did enjoy Umbrella Academy.
Ha, they do produce some solid stuff every once in a while! Loved Roma so much.
Roma…I have not seen that….I’m stuck watching some knock-off mindhunter cop show shit…
Haha dang. Well Roma is brilliant!
Will report back!
Woohoo! It got some hate from the masses, but they just didn’t get it.
Everybody else hates it? I think you might have found my new favorite show!
Haha it achieved universal acclaim from critics, and I can’t think of one that didn’t love it. But just among the general public it wasn’t quite as well-received haha
Im doomed…Ill never get anything done! Sounds like my kinda thing!
Im going to hide watching Roma and start deleting people who hate the USA and want to take it out on me! Yikes! Not very fluffy. Apparently I am “insane” and “have issues”. Oh well. Guess whose favorite crush called her up tonight! Mine! Im being all pathetic and not just asking her if she is straight…or wants to go out…Honestly…you would think I would be good at this shit by now!
Haha you’ve got this!
A show that makes me feel special too!?
It’s a film, not a show, just FYI👌