Carol (2015) Review

I finally got to see Carol, starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and my favorite gal in the world, Sarah Paulson. Carol, directed by Todd Haynes, places you in an entirely different world. It’s beauty purely places you into a trance, a trance that grabs you instantly and you hope it never ends. 
This film made me view the entire world differently, my surroundings, my every step, every single person I laid eyes upon, it’s like I was seeing for the first time. It is just so beautiful and I’m not sure how else to properly describe it.
Everything worked well. Everything. ​

Carol is a story of love. It’s an all too real story of what secluding ones love was like in the 1950s. Carol takes viewers into the homes, into the streets, into the hearts, minds, and souls of Carol Aird and Therese Belivet. The director, Todd Haynes, has a way of creating a film that leaves an everlasting imprint on your soul and leaves you breathing the words “wow” for days, even weeks, to come. It’s brilliant. It’s…it’s almost like a dream. Todd places you in Carol and Therese’s dream. Nothing more. And nothing more is needed. You never wish to leave their dream, and at times, you don’t even want to leave their nightmare, you just want to throw them a life vest and pray they hang on.
The imagery Ed Lachman creates pulsates with the every day, showcasing simple moments that we as humans beings experience every day that we so often take for granted. Lachman has a way of making even the most mundane of moments seem extraordinary. ​

Every detail in this film from the slight sound of a simple song played on a piano in the next room, to the humming of a just placed record, to a mother’s freshly painted nails, to the buzz of a toy train, to the sight of a newly developed photograph, the imagery and simpleness of this film engages audience members and locks your eyes and sets your heart up for a truly beautiful, all encompassing, cinematic ride.

The story showcases the confusion of love, the loss of love, and the defining notions behind the act of love itself. ​

Carol is an exquisite work of art, dealt from the hand of a director and a career best performance from Blanchett and Mara. 
The film has a way of finding beauty in the simplest of details imaginable. Much of this film takes place inside a car. And those shots, are the most breathtaking, the most enchanting, and at times, the most haunting. Every shot tells a story and subjects viewers to take in every moment shared by these characters.

The film stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Paulson. Cate delivers an emotional performance and truly delivers, as I believe she always does, but this performance is truly Cate’s best, in my opinion. She resists such temptations and speaks with such subtlety and calls viewers attention by the slightest eye movement, the slightest head tilt, and finally…the smallest touch.

Sarah Paulson plays Abby Gerhard, Carol’s longtime friend and former lover. Abby is the voice of the reason. Abby is the saving grace. Abby is the friend we all dream of having one day. And Sarah delivers. Oh boy does she deliver. This film will bring her farther into the spotlight. I am sure of it. And I demand it.

The emotional place each character visits is exquisite, and makes you as a viewer break for them. I never cared for Rooney Mara until I saw her in this film. It has been four days since I saw Carol, and images of Theresa Belivet (Rooney Mara) are still flickering in my mind. Her timidness, her trembling nature when succumbed to the unknown, its an earth shattering performance by Mara. Therese sulks in doorways, steps shyly and even speaks with such fragile-ness. And it works. It works. It works. It more than works, it excels.

Carol is an emotional masterpiece for the ages.

Simply put, Carol is breathtaking, brilliant, and utterly intoxicating.

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