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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.
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…
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.
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 one of those films where you should not watch any of the trailers and just go in fresh. If the name of director Roman Polanski doesn't convince you, the others, four of the top-notch actors working in Hollywood today, won't either. Polanski's directing is solid and gives the actors enough space in the cozy living room so that within minutes of this chamber play, the illusion of civilization is blown away by the sheer egotism of its characters. Even Foster's do-gooder, constantly and hilariously enlonging the original set-up, ultimately seeks the apology for her own well-being with the world and not because her son craves it. But the others don't come short. Waltz is instantly spot-on, visually enjoying…
I'm a sucker for these chamber plays. 1 room, 4 people, go!
I enjoyed the verbal fights quite a lot and loved how the 4 characters constantly changed their "teammates"; it's not always couple versus couple.
The actors were all top notch. I especially enjoyed the two men, the asshole in disguise and the slick sarcastic businessman.
This was pretty captivating and quite a lot of fun to watch but the ending was extremely abrupt. Am I the only one who was totally confused when the credits rolled? I felt like I was in the middle of the movie and someone just shut off the TV. That was pretty unsatisfying.
Very strong 6/10 points.
One's on the phone
"My husband has spent the entire afternoon DRYING THINGS!"
Roman Polanski's comedy of manners is war. Language are bombs, undermining any chance at being civil, sending all semblance of calm into thousands of tiny pieces. Every word is questioned, bickered over, torn to pieces. As four neurotic parents that greatly exemplify the overly-cynical, over-educated, anxiety-ridden society of today, Foster, Winslet, Waltz and Reilly are excellent. If it was any longer, there would be significant issues, as it already leaps into groan-inducing "they wouldn't really stay!"/need to have a character vomit-ness multiple times, but overall, Polanski's claustrophobic comedy is enjoyably grotesque and twisted.
After watching Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds, I'm just obsessed with Christoph Waltz! His acting is absolutely fantastic which led me to a decision to watch most of his English-speaking movies.
This movie surprised me. The whole film was shot in a single location (except for the park scenes, at the beginning and end). To be honest, I was annoyed at the start, because whenever they tried to leave, something stopped them. I thought "Oh yes, finally I'll the Cowan's residence or how the city looks" but then they returned every single time and I lost a hope. BUT then for my realization I wasn't mad about that anymore because the movie is 80 minutes long. This is perfectly normal…
I'm not quite sure why this didn't get more attention. It's about as good as a stage to screen adaptation can get, keeping the sense of claustrophobia and mounting tensions inherent in the stage production, but implementing a variety of, subtle, complex, camera movement to make it never feel like filmed theater. The performances (with the odd, and glaring, exception of Kate Winslet) are all incredible, finding the perfect ratio of honesty and broadness the satire involves.
Still, even at 80 minutes this wears. It's more or less *just* people being awful to each other, and although the strength of Polanski's direction and the acting remains, the script begins to eat its own tail.
Another surprisingly good film from rapist-in-exile Roman Polanski.
"...surprisingly good..." - Raephex, letterboxd.com
It's fun watching people break under the weight of forced manners. Two couples fight over the correct punishment after one couples' child puts a smack down on the others'. Is the world ruled by violence? Do our impulses always need overcoming? Dialogue heavy, filmed in real time and taking place entirely on one set (john c reilly's actual apartment) Carnage puts the viewer in the cramped battle ground of upper class white parenting ideology.
Almost a credible dark comedy in the vein of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?--the difference being that the final third of Woolf soars to almost surreal, nightmarish heights, while the final third of Carnage merely grows stale.
Still, those first two thirds contain some memorable performances by everyone but Christoph Waltz, curiously enough. He plays his lawyer husband character with the same divorced menace typical of his villains, except this time he's saddled with an unfortunately unconvincing American accent.
Damn it, I should have logged this film on the day I watched it.
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