Carnage is a quirky and delightful comedy by legendary director Roman
Polanski that is based on the play "God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza.
It's the story of two couples who meet in a playground due to an
altercation with their children. Needless to say a child hitting another
child with a stick is an issue of concern which is also the catalyst of
here, the parents of the alleged victim invite the bully to their home
in order to work out their differences but it appears that the parents
have more differences then their children which turns into an all-out
war of words. It's almost like the children become the adults and the
adults become the children with their mannerisms. More so because each
of the couples lifestyles are so different.
great element about Carnage is the screenplay which is extremely witty
and the dialogue flows perfectly. At times, it feels like a Woody Allen
movie but this is definitely not the case. Another highlight is the
cinematography that uses scenery and ambience of natural light to create
this almost surreal comedy which really draws you in. It may not have
you laughing out in hysterics but it definitely touches your inner core
and you'll be smiling from ear to ear.
stars of Carnage also help create this enjoyable film and both Jodie
Foster and Kate Winslet as the parents of the two children are a joy to
watch. Obviously they have used their own life experiences as parents to
help portray their characters of Penelope Longstreet (Foster) and Nancy
Cowan (Winslet). John C. Reilly is also quite amusing as Michael Cowan
whose character definitely gets pushed to the limits, especially
considering his nemesis, Mr. Longstreet (Christopher Waltz). All in all
Carnage is a very delightful film that all parents should watch.
Blu-ray, Carnage features some very earthy colours that helps adds to
the ambience of the film. Images are extremely sharp and the audio is
equally as good. There are a handful of special features that include
Actor's Notes, An Evening with John C. Reilly and Christopher Waltz plus
On the Red Carpet. It's actually quite interesting to watch the
featurette of Reilly and Waltz who play the complete opposites in the
film and it's a great insight into the creation of the movie.
you're after a quiet night in than you really should check out Carnage!