Carol ★★★★

Don't tell my old English teacher and mentor Ginger, but I may slightly prefer this to the seminal The Price of Salt, a favorite book of hers, and one she once loaned me when I was fourteen. There's something so wonderful about Haynes' realization here, where performance can reveal the distance between what a character says and what they mean. The magic trick is called out by the movie jerk early on, but it works anyway because Blanchett and Mara are on fire the entire time. Two brilliant performances, a solid supporting cast, a wonderful Carter Burwell score, and some elegant period detail all stack up to make this great. As good as adaptations get, really.

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