Happy Sunday Ladies and Gentlemen!
Today’s Movie of the Week is none other than the first comedy from the legendary film director Roman Polanski: Carnage.
Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the evening into chaos.
Polanski is a legendary film director: his films have earned him numerous awards including a Palme D’Or and a Best Director Oscar (both in 2002 for The Pianist), but his work has always been of a much darker tone. This time around, his dark side has turned to comedy. You’d think with an Oscar-winning director and three Oscar-winning actors you’d have the recipe for a perfect movie?
The problem is that the film was adapted from a play, and it feels exactly like that: brilliant performances with an excellent razor-sharp dialogue, but it comes off on screen just like a play. There is no cinematic feel to the film at all. How disappointing!
As an avid cinema-goer I definitely recommend watching it in order to make your own judgement on the work. It’s so refreshing to see all those brilliant actors all together on screen, but don’t expect a brilliant cinematic piece. If you’re expecting to see a play that happens to be on the silver screen, then you’re in for a treat.
Hugs and Kisses