today during class something happened. My friend got there late and so missed the beginning of it so, once she…
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 love you, John C. Reilly. The rest of you are alright too!
This was absolutely hysterical! All four actors give tour-de-force performances. Brilliantly written.
It's incredible to watch actors make a film this way.
I really had trouble getting into this movie, although I feel like it's the sort of thing that's right up my alley.
It's a contained space conversation film, much like 12 ANGRY MEN. It's by a director that, for the most part, I greatly admire. It has an ensemble of actors I enjoy. So why didn't it work for me?
Well...it's extremely forced, for one thing. The premise (two sets of parents come together to discuss their parenting differences in a conversation that devolves into chaos) is interesting enough, but the film makes the mistake of rushing us into the end of a brief meeting, and so it needs to find unnatural ways to keep the conversation going. I don't…
sometimes i forget kate winslet is god
the last 30 minutes of this movie are gold
The cast couldn't have been better.
Pretty gruesome to watch, but the performances are great and the characters really make you self-examine.
Obvious thing to say, though, is that it didn't need to make the jump from play to film. The staging is still excellent (particularly when characters end up on the floor etc.), and the editing was unobtrusively effective, but ultimately I imagine it was a much more impressive feat as a work of theatre.
film #1 of the scavenger hunt 15
task # 18: a film featuring a dysfunctional family
this film is the equivalent of 10 christmas family lunches combined in 80 minutes that take your breath away.
everything revolves around the human nature and its deep cruelty and barbarity hidden under layers of conformism and hypocrisy.
carnage, with its thumping beats and one room as a location, leaves no time to hide behind a mask and that's when the true nature of the protagonists comes out.
there is something missing, which i can't really point out, but all actors were magnificent, along with the soundtrack and the cinematography.
overall, a good movie.
I'm pleasantly surprised.
DON'T YOU TELL ME ABOUT AFRICA
I KNOW ALL ABOUT SUFFERING IN AFRICA
THAT'S ALL I'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT FOR MONTHS
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…