I was excited when I heard about Carol,the prospect of seeing Cate Blanchett (who is one of my favorite actresses of all time) & Rooney Mara (one of the best upcoming actresses) work together sounded exciting but ultimately Carol is a very hollow film. It’s well made in its aesthetics but it lacks an emotional punch that I was hoping for. I hate to throw this term on movies but Carol comes off pretentious.
The score is great and the set productions look stellar. Cate Blanchett is fantastic in the lead performance but I felt a lack of chemistry was lacking between her & Rooney Mara. Not once did the movie convince me these were 2 lovers that we had to cheer for in their forbidden romance. Carol is the only character who feels fleshed out while Therese comes off one dimensional. It’s hard to root for the 2 characters as well. We’re supposed to feel bad for them because they’re in oppressed relationships with men but they themselves don’t seem to be great people. Carol for one has cheated on her husband before. The only reason Carol is likable is because of Cate’s great performance. As for the story, it’s very hollowl, it barely delves into the trouble being of a woman of that time. I’ve seen countless films that showcase how hard it was to be a woman during that time than Carol. Yet Carol proclaims itself to be an important film about being a 1950s woman. The love story is a bore because like I previously mentioned, there’s barely an attachment with the characters except the actresses playing them. There’s no movement in the story, it’s progression moves on a snail’s pace and there’s nothing surprising or new in it.
My big issue with Carol it’s the typical oscar bait crap used to get actresses noticed. In the recent years, there has been a boom in great roles for females that movies like this are unnecessary. Carol tries to ride off the whole feminist movement but it accomplishes nothing. It’s self obsessed and tries so hard on it’s production values & music to make you feel something but it’s a poor story. For some they might some hidden value in it but I’ve seen other mediums that deal with the difficulty of being a woman in the 1950s and Carol hardly holds a torch to them. Some argue that it’s not meant to be more than love story but it’s hard to care when the 2 protagonists are bore themselves. The film deserves credit for being a movie with 2 female leads but this is the not the movie that does justice to the talents of many actresses.