Carol is gorgeous to look at, acted to perfection, and made with such grace that it’s direction is nearly impeccable. While it works well as a performance piece, the story is much more simplistic than it may seem, and the plot is seemingly irrelevant at times. Todd Haynes’s romantic drama about a timid shop girl (Rooney Mara) who falls for an eccentric aristocrat (Cate Blanchette) is acted to perfection, but after awhile the story goes no where.
Cate Blanchette and Rooney Mara are two of the best actresses in the business, and not only do they deliver incredible performances on their own, but have excellent and believable chemistry. Neither role has a hugely dramatic scene or relies on unbelievable expressions, but work in subtlety.Kyle Chandler is also particularly good, giving an antagonistic role that’s neither unlikable or villainous, and completely human in his motivations. While this is joyous for the first two acts of the film, the story eventually comes to a halt by the end, and divulges into some unbelievable moments.
Carol is a good movie, and a film that is so dangerously close to great that it’s flaws are almost overtly noticeable. It’s an exploit in style and emotion, featuring incredible performances, but by the time the story cuts out the film feels lost. Grade: B