Carnage review

Director:
Roman Polanski
Cast:
John C. Reilly
Jodie Foster
Kate Winslet
Christoph Waltz
Rated: R

No wonder the kids who fought each other did what they did with the parents that they have.

“Carnage” opens with two young boys getting into a fight and one of them ends up getting hit in the mouth. Because of the scuffle, the parents of both boys decide to meet. On one side is Michael (Reilly) and Penelope (Foster), and on the other is Alan (Waltz) and Nancy (Winslet).

The two couples are civil with each other at first however as time goes on they begin to have disagreements and arguments and it goes from couple against couple to just a full on free for all with everybody taking shots at each other making the whole situation into a giant trainwreck.

Carnage is a great experience to watch. It’s easy to tell that this situation is headed for disaster and watching it unfold turns out to be simply hilarious. The constant devolving of the situation kept me into the film and it never started to get dull. This was especially impressive since the entire ordeal takes place for the most part in a single room for the entire movie.

What makes the movie work is its characters and cast that plays them. The best of the four was Christoph Waltz who delivered some great dialogue and had the part of the uptight business man. The rest of the cast was not far behind, John C. Reilly is fantastic as the person who tries to calm things down for a while but eventually loses patience and Jodie Foster is also good as his wife who starts getting angry from very early on.

The entire cast is able to work well with each other and they all really show their acting ability as they were able to put so much into these characters. The dialogue for them was well written too, with many of the jokes and punchlines being hit and not miss.

For that reason, the movie succeeds at its main goal which is to make people laugh.

Despite the entire situation being a giant mess towards the end, it just makes it more funny. The film has plenty of vulgar moments and language however it’s done much better here than in most comedies you see now a days.

Carnage is well worth the price of admission and satisfies a need for some good laughs. 4 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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