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It's not sensationalized or forced, but it isn't very exciting either
A heartfelt addition to Todd Haynes' oeuvre, with strong performances by the dual leads of Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. I thought the use of period was a poignant way to set the right tone for what this movie attempts to accomplish, and I appreciated that this was a romance done with subtlety in an era of romance movies with no subtlety at all.
I see a lot of similarities between Carol, and one of my all time favorites, Brief Encounter. Both movies start with us seeing two people talking. We don't have any idea what's going on with them and what they're going through. We travel backwards in time to experience their forbidden love story until we go back to the first scene. Now that we are watching them more closely and from their perspective we know that seemingly ordinary moment at the beginning was a defining moment, charged with heavily repressed emotions for both people.
I don't know exactly what it is, but I think Carol lacks something that Brief Encounter had. Is it the chemistry between them or believability of their romance? In Carol, At the "full circle moment" I didn't even care about their affair anymore.
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This movie ranks #1 in BFI Flare's The Best LGBTQ+ Films of All Time
This movie ranks #12 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #49 in Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists
This movie ranks #61 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #69 in BBC's The 21st Century's 100 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #90 in A.V. Club's The Best Movies of the 2010s
This movie ranks #139 in The New York Times's Book of Movies