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"Carnage" - Good Movie, Great Music

"Carnage," Roman Polanski's latest outing, is a talkfest with veteran actors Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winselt and Christoph Waltz. It's about a seemingly liberal, feel good couple (Foster and Reilly) whose son is brutalized in a playground fight by the son of the more uptight, conservative Waltz and Winslet. The couples meet and at first everything seems to be above board and civil, but as the foursome's time together progresses, things get increasingly tense and unpleasant and good manners fall by the way side.

I tend to like Polanski's work. He has a relaxed, measured way of telling a story that allows you to immerse yourself in the movie. The edges are never too hard; things always have a certain smoothness to them.

As much as enjoyed this movie, the real star is the 2 + minutes of score over the end credits by Alexandre Desplat. This has got to be one of best pieces of musical composition I've heard in a movie in a long time. Every note feels right. This is an exciting time in movie scoring, with people like Desplat, Michael Giacchino, Clint Manswell, Mychael Danna, Trent Reznor, James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer filling films with excellent scores. But I think Desplat, who also did the music for The Fantastic Mr. Fox, is my favorite and this soundtrack proves why.


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