Carnage is about two sets of parents arguing over a fight between their children. Doesn’t sound all that enticing does it? Generally I’d dismiss such a premise immediately, especially on a Saturday night.
But in this case I decided to go for it, and watched my first Roman Polanski film. A better choice tan repeats of Family Guy again.
It’s very clear that this story began life on the stage. Fortunately the performances make up for the slightly contrived ways in which everyone is kept together.
Waltz in particular stood out, moving through indifference, onto pally nonchalance and then into anger and frustration. Foster nicely played against type but Reilly suffered from being amusing even when I’m sure he wasn’t meant to be.
There was a lot of thoughtful nodding, but not enough here to make this a great film. It’s nicely put together and moves along at a good pace as it makes four normal people likable, detestable and relatable.