The bait is set but will the Academy bite? The most likely answer is yes, probably several times over. In recent times films tackling subjects on the theme of LGBT issues is hardly a rare occurrence with Pride exceeding expectations and The Danish Girl to be released later this year as well as About Ray which tackle transgender issues and as a brief aspect in last year’s The Imitation Game about Alan Turing. This time it’s time to tackle Lesbians, not literally though, with the story of Carol which entails a shop girl (Rooney Mara) in the 1950’s falling for an older married woman (Cate Blanchett) which obviously in that age isn’t an everyday occurrence that nobody is bothered by, I’m not sure we can even say that today.
It is of course common knowledge that Blanchett has already proved herself Oscar worthy, twice and this seems as though it may be another chance for her to do it again. Her turn as the rather Blue Jasmine was unforgettable so Carol seems like the next step of a great path. She is a dependable force in terms of quality acting and this time around she’s got Rooney Mara at her side. Mara has shown she has what it takes with her role as Lisbeth Salander in Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Ruth in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints but she hasn’t quite hit a hot streak, being overtaken in the media by her sister Kate Mara who’s cropping up in a host of blockbusters. This is a real chance for Rooney Mara to get into the limelight, or you could consider that she already has, Mara won for best actress at Cannes chosen over her co-star Blanchett to most people’s genuine surprise. She’s next to be seen in Pan, an alternate telling of the Peter Pan story which is not that likely to do huge favours for her career but we will have to wait and see.
Back to the actual trailer itself, it looks like a heart wrenching story of love that may have some hidden ferocity and inevitable heartbreak. Blanchett and Mara are quite the unexpected couple but after the reaction they got from Cannes, it’s likely a great combination. For this film to really excel the two of them need to create a relationship that you can really get behind and be devastated when it inevitably heads into trouble. Ignoring that for a minute, this looks like another great character film, it’s subject may not appeal to everyone but playing it safe never made a spectacular film, and this one looks particularly spectacular, the trailer almost gives you goosebumps with how much it draws you into their world.
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