Roman Polanski’s Carnage is a clever play centered on the polite and not-so-polite parental differences of two couples. Oops, did I say play? I meant to say it’s a movie.
Viewers are trapped in a room with the perfectly cast couples (Jodie Foster & John C. Reilly and Kate Winslet & Christoph Waltz) as they sort things out. All the engaging, biting dialogue is suited for the stage but just not authentic enough for cinema. In a movie, the reality is heightened so one can’t believe that these parents would actually hang out long enough for all the drama that unfolds.
Simply put: A well-casted, claustrophobic play. I mean, movie.
Award potential: The cast was nominated for Golden Globes and other awards. But I don’t think the Oscars will come knocking at the door.
The ten buck review: Not worth ten bucks. Put these guys on Broadway and I’ll change my tune.