Quick Movie Review – Carnage

Roman Polanski’s new movie Carnage is an adaption Yasmina Reza’s Tony award winning play God of Carnage. Penelope and Michael Longstreet invite Nancy and Alan Cowan over to discuss a fight between their sons at a public park in New York City. Jodie Foster and John C. Riley play the parents of the injured boy (Ethan) while Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds) stand in for his attacker (Zachary). On its surface Carnage is a movie about a simple gathering that spins wildly out of control. Part of the hilarity stems from the character development – which is cleverly forged out of their interactions with each other and inanimate objects. The rest is based upon pure dialogue expertly executed. Shot in real time it was fascinating to see a film focused on four people transform into something so dynamic when it was shot in such a small space. With a top notch cast, somehow John C. Riley manages to steal the show.