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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Report Card----"Carol"

"Carol" is an extraordinarily well-made movie that is utterly absorbing, with an incredibly nuanced performance by Cate Blanchette.
We see the beginnings of a lesbian love story between Cate and Rooney Mara in the early 1950s.
This is complicated by a child custody battle in Cate's upcoming divorce.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?

One of THE most compelling films I have seen in a long time.

Is it controversial?

Stories about lesbian relationships in the 1950s are by nature controversial.

Is it a story worth telling?


Is it good storytelling?


Is it well written?

The dialogue is quite excellent.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Cate may be replacing Streep as the best we have.

Well shot?

Exquisitely. And, of course, I love the cars.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

It seems so.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

Immediately. Manhattan.

Is it too long? Too short?

You're so into it that you don't even notice.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Utterly, and utterly.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

You never feel like you're ahead of it.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Just about how good it all is.

Is it funny?

On occasion, for a pretty substantive film.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

If that was the only way to see it, absolutely.

Is it impressive?


Overall grade: A+.

Another in a spate of truly great films.


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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."