Carnage is a film about two couples who agree to sit down together and talk like civilized adults after their sons had a rather barbaric fight at school, where one of the sons knocked out two of the other boy’s teeth with a stick.
The parents of the injured boy, Michael (John C. Reilly) and Penelope (Jodie Foster), invite the offender’s parents, Alan (Christoph Waltz) and Nancy (Kate Winslet), to their apartment, and both parties try to resolve the matter on their own. But, things become intensified when alcohol starts to loosen their formalities, and the result is a hysterical montage of verbal lashings and drunken rantings that veer far from adult-like behavior.
Skillfully staged in the living room of an apartment in Brooklyn, 78-year old Director Roman Polanski proves that small spaces are not a hindrance to making good movies. And critics apparently agree, as Carnage has been receiving a great deal of positive reviews. Though the story is not extremely intricate or diverse – the film is magnificently acted with this star-studded cast.
The film is Polanski’s adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s award-winning play, God of Carnage, and it is 80 minutes of fast-paced, clever repartee that will, surprisingly, leave you feeling glad you watched it.