Carol (2015)

Carol (2015)

Directed By Todd Haynes

Starring: Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%                        Empire: 4 Stars

What has the director done before?
Most Todd Haynes films usually have a strong female lead; Cate Blanchett famously played Bob Dylan in I’m Not There. His Films are usually set somewhere in between 1940 and 1970, never in the present day; his work can be described as nostalgic, dealing with issues around love, more specifically taboo love. Think of things that are out of the norm for 1950’s middle class America.

Movies to watch: Far From Heaven, I’m Not There & Velvet Goldmine

Who would watch this?
If you have ever locked eyes with someone on the tube and imagined what your lives would be like together. Carol is the movie for you, anyone who has experienced unrequited love, an unspoken longing or worked as an innocent shop clerk in Selfridges would be able to relate to this film to some degree.

Who would win the Oscar?
This is difficult; Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett both gave great performances, however Cate Blanchett’s character is more interesting, charming and dominant. So in this case I would say Cate Blanchett would win the Oscar ….again. The feline charm game that Cate Blanchett brings to the screen is just way too much for Oscar to disregard.

What let the movie down?
Although Carol is a good movie, it seemed to be lacking a pulse. It was quite hard to decipher the sexual tension that was supposed to exist between Rooney Mara’s character (Therese Belivit) and Cate Blanchett’s character (Carol Aird). So after a few close up shots, the heat seemed to die down and I was itching to move from my seat.

Should you watch this movie in the cinema or on DVD?
This movie is probably best watched on DVD. Like most movies about denied love and taboo romances, they should be watched in the solitary confinement of one’s own cold bed. Preferably, in the dark winter months so you can lie in bed and ponder about your non-existent love life.


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