Carnage has really immersive three dimensional performances reminiscent of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Revealing themselves as parents, their role in their occupations, people of their gender, spouses and human beings, a confrontation over children’s mishap could not be done better. Similar to Frost/Nixon and the subtlest thing upsetting your opponent, Carnage really examines the disguises certain people put on using manners and other methods of politeness. Yasmina Reza and Roman Polanski will be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for another Oscar Roman Polanski cannot collect.
Jodie Foster deserves another Academy Award nomination, playing an overzealous do-gooder that destroys herself instead of saving the world. Kate Winslet did a great job playing a neurotic turned drunk. Christoph Waltz really carried the beginning of the film. Who knew that listening to a cell phone would be so funny?
I felt that John C. Reilly showed his weaknesses in the beginning of the film, not playing a loud over the top character. It may be possible that his role in Cedar Rapids made his career by giving him such a great performance awarding his for a lifetime achievement with an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. However, the role may have at the same time also have broken his career as Polanski does not use him on the level Miguel Arteta used him. Once Reilly goes all out, the audience gives a sigh of relief.
John C. Reilly