Madelyn M.’s review published on Letterboxd:
how to be a feminist who likes space & gay movies & other things challenge: 4. a movie with an adapted screenplay + main female character
Carol is such a lush and beautiful period drama with wonderful performances by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. I haven't cried this much since Blue is the Warmest Color.
The only thing I don't believe in this movie is how perceptive people are about Carol and Therese. Maybe I'm wrong but if history has taught me anything, for a long time it was normal for girls to be intimate because of gender roles that made it hard for them to relate to their husbands or other men. Then again, this is the 50's and I think we may have branched out of that slightly but people were being perceptive about it when they were just hanging out together which???? I mean they did drop everything and travel together, but having dinner and stuff, at least I don't think, was particularly abnormal.
I freaking love Therese by the way. She is so relatable to me because she is a bit naïve but even when she says to Carol she doesn't know how to say no, she still held her ground against marrying her ex. She has a lot of potential she doesn't realize which is so good.
The Academy committed a crime when they didn't nominate this for best picture.