Sunday, July 17, 2011

Polanski's Carnage - Preview


Based on the Tony-nominated play, God of Carnage, Roman Polanski's Carnage replaces the play's excellent cast (Marcia Gay Harden, James Gandolfini, Hope Davis & Jeff Daniels) with a new, equally intriguing cast of Kate Winslet, John C Reilly, Jodi Foster & Christoph Waltz. A very eclectic set of actors with very little in common besides the 4 Oscars between them (2 belong to Foster, none to Reilly).

The story roughly concerns two sets of parents who get together to talk after their sons are involved in a schoolyard brawl. The witty script is set entirely inside a single New York apartment. Needless to say, Polanski did not shoot in New York, as the warrant for his arrest was not overruled by his Oscar, but it will be interesting to see what he and his cast bring to the table. Foster seems a touch too intense for comedy, but we shall see.