Carnage Movie Comedy Class
Carnage Film Facts
- Stars: Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly
- Director: Roman Polanski
- Writer: Yasmina Reza
- Length: 79 min
Carnage Film Plot
Two sets of parents have a ‘friendly’ meeting after their sons are involved in a fight in a local park.
Carnage is a filmed play more than a ‘pure film’ and is based on Yamina Reza’s “Le Dieu du carnage.”
Filmed plays can work very well; anyone for ‘Arsenic & Old Lace’ or ‘La Cage aux Folles, or even ‘Abigail’s Party?’
There’s some acting talent on display but it’s the lesser known John C. Reilly that steals the show as an ‘ordinary guy’ who brings honesty to the party (with the aid of some eighteen year old malt).
Comedy Escalation and Reincorporation
The strength of the movie is two-fold, the cast and the confinement of one set. Carnage is a sound ‘bit of comedy’ but I wanted more.
Being in one place builds tension. Small annoyances like ‘Alan’ (Christop Waltz) and his mobile phone crop up and build nicely but never escalate into outright belly laughs.
I wanted to see ‘real comedy carnage.’ I wanted to see the characters pushed further than abusing mobile phones, imported Tulips and designer handbags. I wanted to see the characters learn from this encounter.
This is the comedy of desperation and you’ll be amused all the way through and want to talk about what you’ve seen but DAMMIT it could have been stronger!
See The Carnage Trailer
If you’re a parent you are going to enjoy the catharsis of all four characters. If you are a comedy fan then you’ll enjoy the wonderful ‘good guy’ class performance of John C. Reilly and a top example of ‘sinister funny by Christop Waltz (the truly scary Colonel Landa in Inglorious Basterds).
Carnage is in UK cinemas from Friday 3rd February.
Top Carnage Movie Quote
Children suck the life out of you and leave us old and empty. It’s the law of nature.Tags: christoph waltz, jodie foster, john c reilly, kate winslet