Carol-PosterLauded by critics, expected awards by the bagful, the exquisite Carol looks stunning and is superbly acted yet, as a film, is strangely uninvolving.

Helmed by Todd Haynes, it is an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt and very much a companion piece to Haynes’ earlier, similarly 1950s-set Far From Heaven.

A quiet yet incandescent Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine, The Aviator) heads an impressive cast, including Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Side Effects) and Sarah Paulson (12 Years a Slave, Mud). But for all the intelligent poise, sophisticated art direction and costumes, impressive  soundtrack  and cinematography, the nuanced storytelling is a little too insular, a little too hidden.

Rating: 64%



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