Carnage (2011)

Director: Roman Polanski
Writer: Yasmina Reza, Roman Polanski
Based on: Yasmina Reza‘s play
Cast: Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet

Penelope (Jodie Foster) and Michael (John C. Reilly) invited Nancy (Kate Winslet) and Alan (Christoph Waltz) to their apartment after their respective sons got into a fight with each other. While they discuss how to take it from there, the tensions keep on rising. So they soon forget what originally brought them together, and the four of them start to tear into each other.

I very much enjoyed Carnage. It’s bitter, but in a very funny way. It was excellently written and even better acted. I would love not to like Polanski’s movies (what with him raping a child and fleeing prosecution) but unfortunately, this film is pretty damn good.

I’m afraid that I’m turning into a full-blown cynic  – and this movie made that development completely obvious. It was always in the most cynical moments that I basically wanted to applaud and woot and subscribe to the newsletter.

But that might also be because Christoph Waltz (who is probably the most cynical character of them all) is just so amazing. I’m always blown away when he is funny (though I really shouldn’t be surprised by it anymore). He really does have perfect comic timing. So maybe I wanted to applaud him and not his cynicism.

But Christoph Waltz definitely wasn’t the only one giving a stellar performance. This is one of the strongest ensembles I have ever seen. All four of them are pitch-perfect. (Also, Kate Winslet has the most amazing scarf and gets more beautiful by the minute. Admittedly only in general though, not in the course of the film.)

I was also really impressed by the cinematography. For a movie taking place in such a small space, it really does make awesome use of it and sometimes even makes it seem like it was shot to be in 3D, only without all the awkwardness that often comes with 3D. It is astonishing.

Summarising: A realistic seeming and extremely funny film that I enjoyed a lot.

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