Can we all just agree that Cate Blanchett is the finest actress of our time? She consistent brings her characters to life with striking precision & accuracy. Has she ever skipped a beat. No, no that wasn’t a question. The answer is no, and Carol is no exception. Rooney Mara also deserved a shout out for being strong counterpart for Cate.
The movie is based on the novel The Price of Salt, by Patricia Highsmith and transports us to the early 50s in New York. BTW One of my twitter friends from Cincinnati Ohio tweeted me to let me know the movie was filmed there last summer. While so much has changed in New York, it still felt so New York to me. The traffic, the fashion, the shopping & THE fur (a signature piece of Carol’s wardrobe. Wonder what that was like during the Cincinnati summer?)
The movie is a love story on many levels, between husband & wife, mother & child & boyfriend & girlfriend but predominately Carol & Terese. The relationship between those two is complex & mysterious. In fact, there is very little dialogue, however, the they both seem to communicate some much to the audience - through the tension, body langue & silence. All the while, the characters are perfectly placed in a variety of settings that allow them to shine while underscoring their place in society. Also the hair & make up for all the characters was gorgeous & period appropriate. It really must have been a great time to live, well minus, the societal prejudices Carol like many other minorities found themselves facing.
Carol was easily one of my favorite films of the year. I was fully captivated and sad to see it end, but not because of the end… that is all I will say on that. Carol reminds us to be true to ourselves, follow our hearts & live a passionate life.
DID YOU SEE CAROL. WHAT DID YOU THINK? WILL CATE BLANCETT TAKE HOME ANOTHER OSCAR? TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW.