Lauren🎬’s review published on Letterboxd:
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1) I know the point of Carol is the gay tension, but those colour palettes?! 😍 The pastels and greens are to die for.
2) Cate Blanchett is such a force. Emitting charisma and dynamism through her every pore, she fully commits to this role and is so convincing. Rooney Mara is excellent too of course, and it’s clear to see why she received such high praise. Plus, Sarah Paulson and Carrie Brownstein provide support. I’m so glad a gay dude directed this because he clearly knows what we want.
3) Speaking of gay tension, man, it is palpable. I’m not a huge fan of the plot though, other than the fifties setting and the themes of forbidden romance, which are always interesting to see.
4) Though the story itself isn’t overly exciting, the costuming, the set decoration and the score are all exquisite. There are some truly excellent shots too that are often paired with incredible depth and texture. A true testament to good filmmaking, so it’s clear why critics revere this so much.
5) Again, whilst the plot isn’t particularly original (we’re all very used to the lesbian period drama trope by now), this is so well put together and beautiful to look at that it doesn’t matter so much. As an added bonus, two bloody excellent performances come from the leading ladies.