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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. After learning about the altercation. The Longstreet parents decide to invite the Cowan parents to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilized manner.
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…
This film, which is one of Roman Polanski's latest, is a highly-entertaining chamber piece. In it, 2 sets of parents, played by John C. Reilly/Jodi Foster and Christoph Waltz/Kate Winslet, meet in order to cordially discuss a minor physical altercation that occurred between their two young sons.
The dynamic between each person is constantly changing, as allies quickly become enemies then back again, depending on the current topic of conversation. I always find both Christoph Waltz and John Reilly a joy to watch, and they don't disappoint. Foster an Winslet were great here, too.
Clocking in at under 90 minutes, the time flew by quickly, and I was thoroughly entertained, often laughing aloud. The film kept getting better as it progressed.
I enjoyed this one. The performances are good, and the gradual breakdown in civility between the two couples featured due to an incident between their children is often hilarious. Plus it's worth seeing for Christoph Waltz alone.
O DEUS DA CARNIFICINA
Cuatro personas discutiendo por hora y media sin cortes. Buena adaptación de la obra God of carnage.
In the production notes for Carnage, his film adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s 2006 play, God of Carnage, Roman Polanski described how he had never seen a real-time single location movie before, so wanted to attempt one. I guess that Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope, also adapted from a play, wasn’t on television while he was in house arrest in Switzerland or otherwise escaped his interest. Still, while I can fault his knowledge of film history, I cannot fault his ability as a film director on display here. Carnage ranks as his best film in over thirty years – sorry, The Pianist didn’t do it for me. Polanski is at his best directing actors and working out where to place the camera, allowing…
The worst day of their lives.
A great exercise in acting. Liked a lot.
A great film about how people act around each other. The movie takes what was originally meant to be a short encounter that explodes into a long drawn out war of wills.
Me pareció una mierda increíble.
Well that escalated quickly...
Carnage is a Roman Polanski movie about 4 people, the Cowan parents and the Longstreet parents, that after the Cowan's son attacks the Longstreet's son with a stick.
I like how eventually all of them get to the point where the true intentions show in a nihilistic and really crude way, Carnage is a really appropiate title for the film. The dialogue is just fantastic and works really well. I liked a lot Christoph Waltz character.
The acting and directing work really well and make the film have a really nice dynamic feel.
A nice and good film, gets 4 stars
white parents being parents. hum ok well see you later.
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