All people have said after having watched ‘Carol’ was just ‘Cate Blanchett’. However, that becomes perfectly understandable after her first entrance in a department store where the story begins; you just can’t take your eyes off her and her magnificence. She did have a tough challenge this time…and once again, she did not disappoint. This brilliant performance in the main role may lead her to win an award or not, but, for once, that won’t have any importance for now.
As it usually happens, the best way to make an actress (or an actor) shine is to make them play a protagonist in a simple and short story. Blanchett has not only had an enormous responsibility in portraying such a powerful character like Carol Aird, but she also had to show us Carol’s deep love for a young girl named Therese. Though the plot may seem simple, don’t focus too much on that, just enjoy the story that is the love between these two women.
Much has been said about Cate Blanchett in the role; her majestic elegance and her exquisite work portraying a lesbian woman who lived in New York City in the 50’s. However, not much attention has been given to Rooney Mara, who portrays Therese, a younger lesbian woman. Mara definitely deserves attention and congratulations as well.
Maybe it’s because the critic is used to see Mara portraying strange characters, and still have in their minds the image of Lisbeth Salander when seeing her. With her performance in this supporting role, Mara has not let Blanchett overwhelm her position. Mara’s ability to get into the character is absolutely stunning, and in this occasion more than ever.
That’s the result of two magnificent actresses working together: their work has been so extremely well-done that you won’t have any problem in believing that they’re in love. The warmness that they’ll transmit really copes with the coldness of Todd Haynes new title. Not because this love story blooms in winter, but because Haynes loves to focus on people rather than on the film itself. Anyway, that’s not a problem for the majority of Blanchett’s fans: Haynes has given them one more reason to love her.