Carol ★★★★½

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Romance isn't normally my genre but Todd Haynes' Carol really worked, with a powerful narrative and amazing performances by the two leads that helped really sell their characters, making them feel believable and authentic. The Christmas setting really added extra depth to the movie and goes further to possibly establish this as one of the best Christmas movies ever made, up there with the likes of Die Hard and Lethal Weapon. There's just something about Carol that makes it an instant classic in its genre and was perhaps the biggest snub at the Oscars, with Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett putting in incredible performances that that really elevate this film from "good" to "great".

I mean, I liked Brooklyn, but come on, Carol was clearly the better movie. There are several amazing uses of cinematography and some stunning shots that really work well, bringing in the period drama element that pays off strongly. There's several moments that work really well and it's the little ones that often have the most importance, building up to an emotional rollercoaster of a movie that has an incredibly rewarding ending. If you haven't had the chance to check this movie out yet then I strongly recommend that you do, because it's a powerful, character-driven romance that really works.

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