‘Carnage’ trailer

Posted by · 12:11 pm · August 19th, 2011

I’ve been somewhat reserved on Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” for a while now, mainly because the cast doesn’t really seem all that right to me. I caught the play on Broadway a few years back, and it’s an amazing piece of work. You might recall I was particularly impressed with (and totally crushing on) Hope Davis back in 2009, and I’d have loved to see at least someone from the original ensemble carried over. Alas. But Polanski is a great fit for the material in an odd way and judging by the trailer, which I believe hit via Twitch, it looks like Kate Winslet is the stand-out in Davis’s role. Check out the trailer by clicking the image below or watch an embed after the jump.

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  • 1 8-19-2011 at 12:21 pm

    Scott Ward said...

    That was weird as fuck

  • 2 8-19-2011 at 12:33 pm

    SC said...

    That was…odd.

  • 3 8-19-2011 at 12:38 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    I’m sold. That’s some verbal warfare if I’ve ever seen it. I’ll watch anything with Kate Winslet and/or Christoph Waltz (yes, I even sat through ‘Water for Elephants’), so color me excited!

    I wonder how the Academy will respond to this. It’s oddly toned, that’s for sure and my impression of the Academy folks is that they never laugh, so…

  • 4 8-19-2011 at 12:47 pm

    Drew said...

    Can they show vomit in a green ban trailer?

    Scott Ward & SC: What was so weird and odd about the trailer?

  • 5 8-19-2011 at 1:18 pm

    Frank Lee said...

    Kate Winslet has shown a deft comic touch elsewhere, but she seems miscast here in what I think of as the Sandy Dennis role.

  • 6 8-19-2011 at 1:20 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Curious if anyone here ever caught the London run of this. I missed it when I was there that summer, but really wanted to see it.

  • 7 8-19-2011 at 1:26 pm

    JJ1 said...

    That trailer hooked me. Love the Foster. I foresee me smiling a lot at the screen when this comes to theaters. Good times. This should do well, at least, at the Globes, I would think.

  • 8 8-19-2011 at 1:31 pm

    Renaton said...

    I actually felt Foster steals the trailer to herself. But I haven’t seen the play, so maybe Winstlet fits the part better for it is intended.

    Great trailer, and Polanski is one of my favorite directors. I this will be good.

  • 9 8-19-2011 at 1:36 pm

    dinasztie said...

    I think this trailer was brilliant. :)

  • 10 8-19-2011 at 1:38 pm

    Tye-Grr said...

    I think it looks great. Both Winslet and Foster really stood out, as did Waltz. I’m looking very forward to it.

  • 11 8-19-2011 at 1:59 pm

    Graysmith said...

    I’m just glad to see Jodie Foster back on the screen in something that might actually showcase her enormous acting talent.

  • 12 8-19-2011 at 2:15 pm

    Andrew M said...

    Looks great. Waltz’s accent is a little odd, but I think I like it.

  • 13 8-19-2011 at 2:39 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    Team Waltz & Winslet. Kate for Lead, Waltz for Supporting.

  • 14 8-19-2011 at 3:11 pm

    Eric said...

    This looks great. I love ensembles of four (Closer, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). I have my eye on Foster and Winslet..and maybe even Reilly though I’ve never been a fan. Waltz doesn’t look that great.

  • 15 8-19-2011 at 3:34 pm

    James said...

    Looks good. Nice to see Winslet lighten up. Nice to see Foster working. Nice to see Reilly not working with Will Ferrell. Always nice to see Waltz in general. He looks like the dead pan one.

  • 16 8-19-2011 at 3:50 pm

    Patryk said...

    The only one I think was cast well is Reilly.

  • 17 8-19-2011 at 4:04 pm

    matsunaga said...

    Haven’t seen the play, so forgive me for asking this?

    Is this suppose to be a Comedy? Coz the the title ‘carnage’ seems like Drama…

    Anyway, nice trailer… Yah, there’s a “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” vibe in it…

  • 18 8-19-2011 at 4:10 pm

    daveylow said...

    I think Winslet looks very good in this. She stands out in every scene in the trailer.

  • 19 8-19-2011 at 4:33 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Matsunaga: There’s a world of grey between the poles of drama and comedy. Assuming they’re adopting the same tone as the play, I’d call it a heavyweight black comedy.

  • 20 8-19-2011 at 4:41 pm

    Mike said...

    The return of Kate the Great. I’m so happy. She looks awesome. I think either everyone will go supporting or only Foster will be lead. I think this movie will be all about the girls though. Waltz and Reilly don’t seem too strong.

  • 21 8-19-2011 at 5:21 pm

    Keith said...

    To me, this looks like the Winslet and Foster show. I adore both actresses, so I’ll see this even with any flaws. So good to see Foster on screen again. As much as I love her, I had some misgivings as to if she could pull this off. She’s a wonderful actress, but somewhat contained and maybe too intellectual for the part. But the trailer is promising. I was listening really close to determine if Waltz pulled off the accent. It sounds a touch too broad, may be distracting to his performance, which I’m sure is perfect otherwise.

  • 22 8-19-2011 at 5:29 pm

    Zack said...

    I agree Winslet looks like a highlight, and it’s good to see Waltz get to play a character who’s not a mustache-twirling villain type. Of course, if I see this, I’ll have to go behind my fiancee’s back, since she refuses to kick any money Roman Polanski’s way on principle, but eh.

  • 23 8-19-2011 at 5:39 pm

    D said...

    I liked Foster most in the trailer. Winslet was a bit.. eh lets say the scenery appeared to be in danger, unless of course that’s how the role is supposed to be played, I know very little about this production. It seems like this will certainly do well at the Globes at least.

  • 24 8-19-2011 at 6:21 pm

    Paul Outlaw said...

    1) Foster’s role is an intellectual woman.

    2) Waltz’s accent is surprisingly good.

    3) The trailer is really pushing the comedy.

    4) So much for the thought that this might be a Euro-slanted adaptation (with Polanski directing and Winslet, Waltz and a French-fleuent Foster in three of the leads).

  • 25 8-19-2011 at 6:31 pm

    Keith said...


    1) Thank you for the clarification.

    2) I disagree.

    3) Maybe too much?

    4) No comment.

  • 26 8-19-2011 at 6:34 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Looks bad

  • 27 8-19-2011 at 8:52 pm

    Silencio said...

    I’m a little nervous now. I felt confident that each actor would do well with their role, but I’m not sold on the ensemble chemistry as a whole. I probably won’t go on opening night.

  • 28 8-19-2011 at 9:52 pm

    Maxim said...

    I’d be more intersted in this movie if it wasn’t for the fact that I can’t stand these actors. Foster and Winslet in particular.

  • 29 8-19-2011 at 11:57 pm

    Pauly said...

    This trailer had me in stitches. How they fight with each other, support each other – get drunk. It looks incredible.

  • 30 8-20-2011 at 3:08 am

    Aaron said...

    I’m excited to see this, but I thought Winslet was the weakest in the trailer, surprisingly. Needless to say I haven’t seen the movie yet, but her performance seemed a bit affected in the few clips they showed here.

  • 31 8-20-2011 at 7:16 am

    The Other James D. said...

    I cannot wait to see Drunk Winslet in this.

    As far as nominations go, I’m thinking the men will be snubbed. I hope Waltz gets a nom again in the future, but I think his odd accent won’t help him. Reilly, still underrated, seems most likely to be overshadowed. But I think Winslet is very likely to get nomination #7 for this, and I can see Foster getting in as well, perhaps. (I’m hesitating with her at the moment, but if Swinton’s WNTTAK is pushed to 2012, the category would feel more open. So I hope that doesn’t happen, since I want Swinton nominated at all costs!)

    Probably not a Best Picture nominee here, but a Screenplay nod is plausible, depending on how the other adapted films fare. Actually, this is all kind of reminiscent of Little Children, and I can see it splitting opinions based on the tone and whatnot in much of the same way.

  • 32 8-20-2011 at 9:00 am

    Ed said...

    I cannot wait to see this movie along with Streep’s Iron Lady. Saw the play in LA and I think Polanski did a very good job!

    This is my choice so far: Streep, Foster, Winslet, Close and Swinton. There, seeing these magnificent actresses in the Oscars would make my year! I’m still leaning towards Streep.

  • 33 8-20-2011 at 9:01 am

    Nick said...

    It looks a little stagy and a little old hat. Winslett and Foster look good. Will reserve judgement on Reilly/Waltz. Isn’t Reilly a little lightweight for such illustrious company?

  • 34 8-20-2011 at 9:03 am

    The Other James D. said...

    @Ed: If you’re hoping those will be the five Best Actress nominess, you’ll be disappointed. I highly doubt they’ll campaign Winslet as lead, fearing vote-splitting with Foster. (It’d be a different case, of course, if they were both supporting. That’s the Academy for you.)

    Oh, not to mention you need at least one first-time nominee in the mix :P. Open for Olsen!

  • 35 8-20-2011 at 9:17 am

    Ed said...

    @Other James: The OSCARS need a rating boost. If they’re serious in bringing in more viewers, they should nominate these great actresses, lead or supporting. Sucks that they always want a newcomer whom we’ve never heard from the dark. I think the OSCARS need to bring in caliber actresses, enough of the mediocre new actresses. They should stop bringing in teeny bopper kids in the actual award show, UGH!

  • 36 8-20-2011 at 9:21 am

    /3rtfu11 said...

    The reviews will decide which women goes lead — as the case with TKAAR. What’s really fascinating is how divided people are on the quality of the women based on this trailer.

  • 37 8-20-2011 at 9:36 am

    The Other James D. said...

    @Ed: Um, what? We should ignore stellar performances from newcomers such as Lawrence, Mulligan; first-time nominee vets like M.Leo in 2008 and so on? Hell no. That’s, for lack of a better term, retarded. It should be about the actual quality and impact of the performance, first and foremost, not who is a bigger name/more reputable talent.

    Besides, whether you like it or not, it’s a common pattern: Every category has a first-time nominee each year. Get over it. According to Guy and numerous others, Olsen’s performance was magnificent. I’d rather see her get nominate than yet another subpar biopic featuring Streep doing commendable but hardly groundbreaking work.

    I agree about banning the teeny-bopper presenters though. Does that really make younger viewers bother to watch it? Or will they just catch it on YouTube later? And do less parents and grandparents watch it now that it’s losing its luster?

    Your argument about how they should nominate legends only is amusing though. Just the other day, commenter Dana Jones was stating that she wonders if it’d be in the ratings’ best interest to be more open to younger faces. Here you are, blathering on about oldies only.

    Me: Just nominate the best possible combination of 5 that’s realistically possible. We’ll all be griping about who’s omitted rather than who is lauded regardless.

  • 38 8-20-2011 at 9:40 am

    The Other James D. said...

    (P.S. Apologies to Dana for any possible misinterpretations. I realize you were merely inquiring about the ratings worries, not suggesting they snub Close/Streep/Swinton, etc.. Just highlighting your perspective as a contrast to Ed’s.)

  • 39 8-20-2011 at 11:00 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Sucks that they always want a newcomer whom we’ve never heard from the dark.

    Obscure no-name newcomers like Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Kate Winslet and Penelope Cruz? The winners list has been pretty star-heavy in recent years — what’s your issue?

    @The Other James D: I don’t know where you got the idea that “We Need to Talk About Kevin” might move to 2012, but it’s not. A December release has been confirmed — breathe easy.

  • 40 8-20-2011 at 11:36 am

    JJ1 said...

    Wondering is Kate can get a double nod this year at the Globes (Carnage & Mildred Pierce). Something tells me no.

  • 41 8-20-2011 at 12:18 pm

    V said...

    @Nick: I remember Reilly and P.S. Hoffman got a lot of acclaim when they did True West on Broadway. God of Carnage-level acclaim. He also gave, in my view, the best performance in Magnolia.

  • 42 8-20-2011 at 8:45 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    @the Other James D-

    No worries. Oh, and Little Children was fantastic. I’m bummed it didn’t gain that much momentum during awards season. Todd Field is brilliant and besides Winslet and Jackie Haley, I thought Patrick Wilson was excellent.

    Slightly random but does anyone know if Waltz began speaking English after he moved to America or was fluent prior?

  • 43 8-20-2011 at 9:29 pm

    Pablo (Col) said...

    I would love those 4 to be nominated. Talented, no doubt about it.

  • 44 8-20-2011 at 11:26 pm

    Dana Jones said...

    @JJ1- She did it with Revolutionary Road and The Reader, the latter IMO not as strong as her performance in Mildred Pierce which I hope is a shoe-in this point for a nomination.

  • 45 8-21-2011 at 5:05 am

    Glenn said...

    This is curious, but at least there’s Jodie having fun on screen again!

  • 46 8-21-2011 at 7:28 am

    JJ1 said...

    Yeah, that’s right, Dana. Obviously, HPFA love her. So I see the potential for Carnage/Mildred. But only if Carnage winds up being goo …… oh, what am I saying? They’ll nom Carnage if they nommed The Tourist. ;)