100-Word Review: “Carnage”

Adapting Yasmina Reza’s play God Of Carnage (and showing it), this spry 80 minutes concerns two sets of parents discussing – and then battling over – a fight between their kids. Foster, Winslet, Reilly and Waltz are all assured, and often hilarious, but the script escalates in predictable directions – the players change alliances and sparring partners regularly, and the film feels more clockwork than organic. It suits Polanski then, as it’s more about people than actually featuring any real ones. This, paired with an anticlimactic finale, makes it rollicking good fun – but fleetingly so. Still, Winslet does chunder EVERYWHERE.

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About alfla

Playwright, screenwriter, sometime improv enthusiast and full-time television lover. You know, in THAT way.
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