Opening in theatres this Friday from director Roman Polanski and SBS Productions comes a stage to screen film of “Carnage”.
This film tells the story of parents Penelope Longstreet (Jodie Foster) and Michael Longstreet (John C. Reilly). There son was injured in a school yard scuffle by the son of Nancy Cowan (Kate Winslet) and husband Alan Cowan (Christoph Waltz).
What starts out an a tensely amicable agreement between parents becomes a full fledged free for all with truth spoken, lies uncovered and facades uncovered!
FINAL WORD: It truly is an interesting cast. Foster as the edgy and housewife filled with self-righteous indignation seems to be the conduit of angst. I’ve never quite seen Foster in a role like this and although interesting, there is also something terribly uncomfortable about it.
Reilly is his usual comical self. Even when he’s serious its very difficult to take it that way. His carefree ways and water-off-a-duck’s-back attitude is totally opposite of his wife. Reilly goes up against Waltz very well and matches him word for word.
Winslet as Nancy is the quiet one, but the nervous quiet that makes everyone jittery. Wanting to do the right thing, she is quickly controlled by a husband who doesn’t seem to have time to either take the matter into hand or for his family.
Waltz as Alan throws out a few liners but mainly spends his time on the telephone trying to avert a business crisis. There isn’t a lot of depth here for Waltz, except when eating the cake, which reminded me of the scene from “Inglorious Basterds”, yea, creepy.
Other cast include: Elvis Polanski as Zachary Cowan, Eliot Berger as Ethan Longstreet, Joseph Rezwin as Walter, and Nathan Rippy as Dennis.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Carnage” three tubs of popcorn out of five. There are some good points of the film but I don’t think it will be enough to draw in crowds. The film is based on the play by Yasmina Reza “Le Dieu du Carnage”.
In the end – a new comedy of no manners.