Mostly successful, if not predictable. Some cringey dialogue but also some really stunning animation.
"Carol" isn't your nostalgia-tinged, candy-coated, melodramatic, Technicolor dreamland of a 1950s romance. "Carol" is darker, hazier, more thoughtful, and more particular. Todd Haynes has created a rich, substantial film, and Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara have perfectly illustrated two characters slinking into such a forbidden romance, cautious but hopeful to be swept up in it all.
Blanchett plays the titular character and Mara plays Therese, a lowly shop worker; they accidentally meet, and fate twists upon them. Their connection is…