This is a perfectly fine war movie that is executed with plenty of skill. But that's about where it ends for me. What about this stands out most? The attempt to make it seem like one continuous shot. Otherwise it feels fairly boilerplate.
The first third feels long, but from the middle on, this is a fascinating movie to watch. The mix of religious imagery/allegory and horror elements creates a sometimes terrifying atmosphere and that's on top of the already bleak landscape and situation the characters find themselves in. This is such a well made movie. The final scene is equal parts beautiful and frightening. Sheptiko's talent was stunning.
A woman a few rows behind me said that this was moving so slowly. Maybe that was intentional...just maybe? Carol is an engrossing story about self discovery, desire, the harsh realities of society. It is a beautifully crafted film with costumes, sets, and cinematography that reproduces a period in tremendous detail. (Even the credits on this one made things interesting.) But those things aside, the performances from Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett are phenomenal.
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