Monday, January 16, 2012

"Carnage" Late Movie Review


Cast: Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz

Writers:  Yasmina Reza, Roman Polanski

Director: Roman Polanski

** and 1/2*'s out of four.

I rarely get a chance to go to an actual theatre as often as I should.  Let me rephrase that last sentence.  I never get a chance to see an actual play in theatres.  Mainly because most plays are really expensive.  Hell the cost of most 3D/IMAX movies with food included are less spendy than a lot of local plays.  That is why I love it when stage plays are adapted to the big screen and this latest from Director Roman Polanski works very well.   This is the funniest movie from him since "The Fearless Vampire Killers "

The Premise of the story involves two parents getting together to discuss a fight their sons were having.  Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly play the parents of the boy that was attacked.  Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz play the parents of the boy who initiated the fight.  Instead of calling in lawyers and giving everyone a legal headache.  The are convinced that they can discuss this problem like civil people without going overboard.  Of course we all know that the more civil you try to act with others you disagree with. The less civil you actually become. 

I was very impressed at how  funny this actually was.  There are some really good genuine laugh out loud moments and the cast is really good at dissecting this dialogue from Yasmina Reza's play "Le Dieu Du Carnage".  If you love watching actors perform or are studying the craft of acting.  This is a great movie to watch  because even though it's all set in one room.  The characters and conversations keep the story going at a good pace so that it never slows down. The only problem I had was that it just ends abruptly.  There is no real visable conclusion and I expect a lot of people are going to have an issue with well.   It reminded  me of a very funny Monty Python Sketch that has been expanded to a feature length, but than just ends without any explanation or cool transition .


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