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A new comedy of no manners
In Brooklyn Bridge Park, eleven year old Zachary Cowan strikes his eleven year old classmate Ethan Longstreet across the face with a stick after an argument. Among the more serious of Ethan's injuries is a permanently missing tooth and the possibility of a second tooth also being lost. Their respective parents learn of the altercation through Ethan's parents questioning him about his injuries. The Longstreet parents invite the Cowan parents to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilized manner. They are: Penelope Longstreet, whose idea it was to invite the Cowans, she whose priorities in life include human rights and justice; Michael Longstreet, who tries to be as accommodating as possible to retain civility in any situation; Nancy Cowan, a nervous and emotionally stressed woman; and Alan Cowan, who is married more to his work as evidenced by the attachment he has to his cell phone and taking work calls at the most inopportune times.
Language. It can be used to create and to destroy. For me that's what this film was all about.
We see four people who slowly strip away social conventions and eventually show their true selves, all because of the incessant need to talk, justify oneself and outwit others.
You cannot get around the fact that this is a play. One location, four actors and an insane amount of dialogue. For a film like this to work the acting has to be perfect. And it is. All four of them are absolutely fantastic, they portray the slow descent into social and moral ambiguity in such a way that, although the characters are somewhat stereotypical, you always get the feeling you're watching…
This is truly one of the most violent movies that I have come across. Violence in the sense which considers human emotions. The true colour, savageness,guilt,anger,ego,superficial empathy, crookedness, disgust that human beings have as their innate nature are shown in full glory here. All the leads are excellent. Foster does too much sometimes. But waltz and Reilly truly steal the show. I am searching for a single word which best describes the movie. But I dont seem to get it. Oh wait I got it. Its CARNAGE.
It astounds me - even more so on rewatch - that a film that, aside from the opening and closing shots, basically only takes place in the living room of an apartment (occasionally moving out to the hallway and brief moments throughout other parts of the home) with four people bickering at one another for 80 minutes, can be so intriguing and consistently entertaining. It's quite impressive. Roman Polanski's spot-on direction, the interesting dialogue and, of course, the excellent performances from the four actors themselves is what truly keeps this from ever becoming a monotonous mess of a film.
Plus, ever since first seeing Christoph Waltz in Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds back in '09, I always look forward to and love seeing him in things. This is no exception.
Why can't they leave? From El Ángel Exterminador (1962), the answer has been implied. "It's absurd, but it's in their nature. They just can't!"
Based on Yasmina Raza's play titled Le Dieu du Carnage (God of Carnage), Polanski adapts wonderfully and with a truly underrated array of great, though theatrical performances (especially Foster, who gets a lot of unfair criticism) a roller-coaster intellectual exercise of how your typical middle-class veil of politeness and mutual caring is broken down when either your ethical, social or moral standards are challenged by external factors that you cannot avoid because you were unwillingly involved in them since the very beginning. In this case, such factor is the son of a family hitting the son…
An odd little film about what happens when people ditch their manners and say exactly what they think! I have to admit it was comical at times but nothing to write home about!
Carnage is the definition of awkward.
Polanski’s Carnage unfolds within the walls of a bohemian apartment, where we witness a polite discussion between two pairs of upper-middle-class Brooklyn parents escalate into a verbal warfare- it’s stiff, talky, and airless. The initially cordial conversation becomes increasingly contentious and, once alcohol is added to the mix, inhibitions fall away and fractures in both marriages are exposed.
In the beginning, the film's about two couples, at the end of it, it's about four people, each one guided by his or her own issues. The performances are crucial because no one is right or wrong, but each one is blinded by a subjectivity that underlines any attempt of rational judgment. Reilly gives perhaps the…
Four essentially awful people (Kate Winslet & Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster and John C Reilly) meet to discuss the aftermath of the first couple's son attacking the second couple's son, in what starts as a respectable chinwag in the Foster-Reilly household but which quickly turns into something quite different.
Emotionally devastating and shockingly violent, this is Polanski's strongest film in a while, but yet it comes across as curiously empty, and if this is meant to be the stuff of black comedy, it just didn't reach that spot for me. The icily politeness and the clearly dysfunctional family atmosphere on both sides gives insight into how the situation between the boys happened in the first place.
A very wordy script based…
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Interestingly, as a theatre-goer, I think if I saw this in its original stage version, I would have found it somewhat banal and ho-hum. But on film, it's fantastic.
I've been an unabashed Polanski fan for years, having started with "Knife in the Water" and "Fearless Vampire Killers" all the way through "Chinatown" and the underrated "Ghostwriter." His attention to detail is so subtle, yet distinct. The way he lingers on a face, or a glass that's just been set down to roughly - it's magic.
The script is a little rocky, mostly because of translation problems (from the original French). But the whole cast is phenomenal. Jodie Foster in particular really sparkles, and I've forgotten just how good she is. Why she wastes her time doing "Elysium" is beyond me. The way she manages to convey - in nothing but a look - righteous indignation, envy, sexual attraction, rage, and hatred ALL AT THE SAME TIME is truly wondrous.
This was one of those "there's nothing on television so this will do" moments that turned into a pleasant surprise. Directed by Roman Polanski and based on a play by Yasmina Reza (who also wrote this screenplay), it has a very simple premise - two sets of parents meet together in a house to discuss cordially the recent fight between their sons. However, tensions between the couples soon grow into tensions within the pre-existing relationships as the conversation descends further into chaos.
It is a very uneventful movie, but the character development is brilliant. It is hard not to recognise something familiar in all of the characters at one point, as each goes through various meltdowns during the film. The actors are an odd mix, but the combination of Jodie Foster, John C Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz is a very successful and at times hilarious one.
One of the best films I've accidentally seen all year!
"Mrs. Longstreet, our son is a maniac!" - Alan Cowan
"Carnage" (2011) is a fun, but minor, Polanski film adaptation of a play. Taking place in an apartment, parents of two kids who recently fought agree to talk it out together in a civilized manner. However, things aren't that simple when values, pride, and relationship instability get in the way. "Carnage"'s strength comes from its four leads who all provide excellent performances: John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, and Christoph Waltz. Although each role carries a theatrical quality and Foster has some elocution problems at points, their emotional journey progresses in an absurd manner that allows the theatrics to become a part of the film.
Play adaptations are hard…
"I believe in the God of Carnage."
Very much a modern take on the kind of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? booze-addled drama that makes marriage look absolutely horrific.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Dir: Roman Polanski
Carnage is a sweet comedy-drama film, what actually keeps me entertained while watching this film, is the pace of the film which goes throughout the film at the rate of frustration felt by each character in the film. It is sweet to see two couples going against each other, and most of the time defending one another, with humor and hilarious scenes, like throwing of a cell phone in the water. Roman Polanski is totally a genius person, to utilize the atmosphere of plot into both murky and enjoying.
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