Roman Polanski’s latest film is an loose (keyword: loose) adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage play. Set in a single apartment with 4 actors, no music, no special effects and just being pure cynical black humor for the duration of 79 minutes what does it offer for the audience? Laughter, tons of laughter and a heck of a good time!
The movie stars Jodie Foster & John C. Really as Penelope & Michael Longstreet, while Christopher Waltz & Kate Winslet star as Alex & Nancy Cowan. Two couples, two parents and thus a setting of 4 people confronting each other because of their children’s behavior sets off an awkward beginning. It’s so spot on filmography how uncomfortable the situation is for everyone and how the Cowen family just wishes to leave, but due to “social norms” the Longstreets offer a cup of coffee and the awkwardness just continues until it hits straight to hell. This is pure carnage in every level.
To give a quick summary about these characters: Penelope Longstreet is the “we must think ourselves higher and become more greater and generous human beings”, Michael Longstreet is your standard cool relax chill no-arguing father, Alex Cowan is the brutal lawyer who doesn’t really give a fuck about anything with his loving wife Nancy being the woman who acts nice but is just a nasty Diva herself. These 4 people put into same room arguing, is pure golden comedy. I loved the hell out of this film and me and my friend got into a really good audience that was just bursting with laughter. It was a really great way to spend a Friday evening.
That’s all there is to say about the film at its core. It demonstrates how great actors with a good vision director who knows how to pace, cut and tell a story can turn into such a wonderfully memorable experience , and as a big fan of Christopher Waltz I just loved how much charisma he oozed. All the actors give wonderful emotional expressions thru their faces, but its Waltz and C. Reilly who steal the show, they we’re just the most bastards relaxed horrible human beings out there.
I just can’t stop thinking how much of a good time I had, the way the whole movie ends is just a good cruel joke to these people.