Darren and Rob’s Weekly Movie Challenge – (Oscar Season Edition #1) Carol (2015)


Darren and Rob'sBeing that Darren and I both love watching lots and lots of movies, we decided to start a new weekly series where we challenge each other to watch a new movie that we enjoyed and feel the other one might also.

The rules are simple; it has to be a movie we have NEVER seen, (not just not reviewed)

Every Tuesday, we will both post both reviews on our sites.

Let’s hope we both can add lots of new favorites to our personal lists

Since it’s now Oscar Season, we decided to both review the same movie each week, so here are my thoughts on…..

carol “I don’t know what I want. How could I know what I want if I say yes to everything? ” – Terese Belivet

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Dec 2015)

Brief Synopsis – In the 1950’s, a woman in the midst of a divorce falls in love with a young department store clerk and their forbidden love causes many problems for both of them.

My Take on it – This is the kind of movie that comes out at this time of year in order to both enchant and also shock the masses leading up to awards season.

They do this here by sticking to a topic that although less controversial today than it was 60 years ago, it still gets viewers to watch it because of the said controversy.

I felt that the story here felt quite accurate for the way everything was portrayed and although we are not asked to sympathize with the characters and their situation, we do so because of the way they are treated unjustly by friends, family and society on a whole.

The casting of Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara make this story work extremely well and we believe their relationship because of it.

Both of these characters pay a cost for their love and it’s interesting to watch how it all unfolds on screen between them despite this.

I really felt as if I was transported back to the 1950’s because the production design took so much care to make us see and feel how life was back then.

Along with that, we are placed in a location where we feel both the familiar and foreign aspects of forbidden relationships which makes this even more worthwhile to watch.

The plot drags a bit here and there, but overall, it is done very well.

Bottom Line – Excellent cast that really makes us believe that this story is real. Plot drags a bit here and there, but in general it gives us a pretty accurate account of how same gender relationships were viewed during that time period no matter the cost.  The production design and atmosphere really resonates with the time period and we are magically transported back 60 year to a time and place that is both familiar and also foreign. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Film4 outgoing boss Tessa Ross said they had battled for 11 years to get the film made. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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