Carol- Rated R

Carol-Poster

Based on the Patricia Highsmith Novel ~ THE PRICE OF SALT ~ we venture into a world relatively unknown in the 1950’s ~ as two women from very different backgrounds, and age demographics for that matter ~ fall for one another…THIS IS CAROL!

Working as a sales clerk in Manhattan, the young and timid Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) has a chance encounter with the beautiful and vibrant Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett).

Instantly attracted to one another, but both in traditional relationships for the time, Carol invites Therese to visit her home, much to the dismay of Carol’s husband Harge Aird (Kyle Chandler), as he has already had to face a possible relationship between his lovely wife and her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson).

As their fondness for one another grows, Carol and Therese find themselves slipping away from the men in their lives, as they develop a deep fondness and eventual love for one another… that neither can deny.

Bound and determined to either gain his wife and her affections back, or destroy her for her betrayal, Harge finds that since his wife would rather enjoy the company of a woman, instead of a man, she is definitely AN UNFIT MOTHER, as he sets out to prove it,, inevitably denying Carol of her rights to raise and see her precious little girl…

I give CAROL a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH IT ON DVD ~ As I love Blanchett and everything she does, I was very much looking forward to viewing her, and Mara for that matter, in this film. And although it was absolutely strewn with cinematic excellence~ from it’s perfectly secured cast, to its perfectly produced 1950’s era ambiance, I just wasn’t totally entranced with this film’s storyline. Although its absolutely prophetic for it’s time and place, I just found it to have too many gapping holes to keep me engaged as it played out on screen.   And, too, I must share, in this films defense, it may have been the fact that I had already had the opportunity to view THE DANISH GIRL, which, although the subject matter is slightly different, seemed to be a much more enticing tale the whole way through…So, if you love Cate as I do, and Rooney too, then you might want to catch this one over the Christmas Holiday on the BIG SCREEN, but if you are wanting a film that is a great pick-me-up , or one that showcases some of Blanchett’s best work – even though the award nods are coming, t think some previous works are SO MUCH BETTER!! And please don’t head out with the family in tow either…as this film is definitely not the ticket for families to attend…as the R-rating is there for lots of reasons, including the sexual content displayed in full view…

Kathy Kaiser