Much like 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' which is only a comparison I'll make because it's so very recent and the director had his hands in both, this is a perfectly fine movie with a performance that transcends the rest of the movie from time to time. The scene where Egerton is preparing to go on stage for a royal variety performance and he's trying to decide how much to smile is probably the highlight of the movie. And the scene set to…
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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