there's a thing where you adds 'in my ass' to the end of a movie title, so here are some…
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.
i wish i was married to christoph waltz
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.
From the director of Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown & The Pianist, Carnage is a simple, small scale & lighthearted black comedy that stacks four interesting characters under one roof and, with the help of its sharp wit & committed cast, demonstrates the entire futility of the situation where parents try to settle their children's fight by themselves.
The story of Carnage follows two pairs of parents who, following an incident involving their sons, decide to meet each other and discuss the matter in a civilized manner. Friendly & cordial at first, their discussion soon dives into endless snarks, squabbles & disagreements and as the day progresses, the issues of their personal lives eventually make it to the surface.
Co-written & directed by Roman Polanski, the film is…
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…
my aesthetic is christoph sitting against that piano drinking scotch
War of the Words
Another film that was obviously a play first. Some cracking dialogue, utterly rivetting and great actors in the right roles. All four are excellent, although I thought Waltz just shaded it in the end.
Great acting, at first settled and civilized dialogue that turns more dark and reveiling and humorous as the film progresses. In one way it is very riveting and fun to watch the progress of the conversation, in other ways utterly annoying. The performances are just outstanding though and they really make it work.
i wish i was married to christoph waltz
This film is a vigorous concoction of ego, wits, mannerisms, and idiosyncrasies. It features 4 hostile parents in a NY apartment that have an arranged meeting to discuss a possible lawsuit regarding a mishap between their sons. It is a recipe for disaster as they verbally hash it out. This is a Polanski masterpiece of rhetorical warfare and chaos that is truly an accurate display of carnage.
If you enjoy films with chaotic behavior and heavy dialogue I recommend a similar film titled Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? directed by Mike Nichols.
You must watch this movie for it's sheer stupidity that has a point of it's own.
Hahah more of our way of "Tberia" in New Yorker edition :D
Polanski has weaved a fine film with such minimal elements and relied heavily on the smart script and the intelligence that the audience posses to make a fine film that will leave you wanting more..
Carnage was a very well done film. It is a great look at the senselessness that is middle class America. The entire film takes place in real time and on a single set.
All 4 members of the cast are top tier talent. Their chemistry is very good and it feels as if 4 people are having an argument. The argument is just over the top and full of great comedic timing.
Script - 8
Acting - 8
Cinematography - 6
Directing - 7
Nibbles? What the hell kind of a pussy-ass name is that?
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