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Movie Review: Carol

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Based on the novel The Price of Salt, the movie Carol is set in the 1950s in New York City and follows the romance that sparks between Carol (Cate Blanchett) and Therese (Rooney Mara).

It’s almost as if there’s a magnetic force between the two when they first meet while Therese is working at a department store. However, Carol is struggling with her divorce and her custody battle for her daughter with her husband. When he claims that she is not suitable to be a mother because of a previous affair with a woman, he forbids Carol from having their daughter for Christmas. This inspires Carol to invite Therese on a road trip with her for the holidays. Therese had been questioning herself and her feelings for Carol while putting off her decision to go on a cruise with her boyfriend. Yet as soon as Carol asks, Therese quit her job and went with her. This made Therese’s boyfriend furious, but she didn’t care. Carol and Therese quickly become deeply connected and long to continue their life together. The remainder of the film follows the next few months and the struggles that Carol and Therese go through without each other, and the twist ending will leave jaws dropped on the audience.

First off this film has an incredible score and exquisite cinematography. This sets the stage for the tender masterpiece that  director Todd Haynes has created. From the first scene to the last, the filmography of Carol pulls viewers into the 50s and makes them feel like they’re right next to the “real” Carol and Therese. It’s classified as a drama and a romance, but it feels like a story passed down for generations which a grandmother may share with her grandchildren. It’s quiet and subtle. It’s natural and focused.It’s breathtakingly gorgeous. It’s the story of two people and their struggle to get a love story started.

Carol captivates all audiences. The forbidden love between the two will have each viewer rooting for them. Therese has an innocent heart that young viewers will relate to, and those who have experienced Carol’s struggles will empathize for her. By the end of the film, viewers will not have realized they’ve been wrapped up in this love story, but remember it for years to come and wonder where Carol and Therese are down the road.