Evan Lee Ambrose’s review published on Letterboxd:
First off, I’d like to make a toast to Carol for being one of the prettiest films I have ever laid my eyes on. Heavens, goodness me.
There’s something eminent about forbidden love stories. Like most, they follow the brew-stirred formula yet, there’s something pernicious when witnessing the deprivation of an unmatched potential breach into your sockets.
Carol is a film that utilizes its atmosphere or mise-en-scene as a primary factor in visually controlling its narrative. The story often hinges itself on the two lead actresses’ abilities to convey crucial subtle gestures as well as its props, costumes, lighting, and production design. Whenever someone lights a cigarette, gazes at another, raises an eyebrow, it’s all perfectly synced with how the story wants to portray its romantic, star-struck tale tales.
One of the most striking sequences in the film that truly exemplified this was rather towards the beginning when Carol, played magnificently by Cate Blanchett, and Therese, performed flawlessly by Rooney Mara, first meet. The maneuver of Therese’s eyes reveals her attraction towards Carol considering they are always intensely locked on her. Therese’s expeditious mannerisms and semi-stumbling responses uncover her shyness but flattered consistencies upon Carol. Cate Blanchett’s somewhat flirty but continuously elegant sways and pieces of dialogue radiate her intrigue in Therese as well as the appealing mysteriousness of her figure from the perspective of Therese.
Carol is a movie that leans heavily on hitting its technical perfections to the bone. You could tell that every meager detail was thought-out carefully and for such a simplistic and straightforward plot, it seems like there was so much more to it considering how labyrinthine the intricacies of its presentation were.
🏅 Verdict: A-