Revolutionary Road
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In Revolutionary Road, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio reunite for the first time since their careers exploded with Titanic--and it's almost as if they're playing the same characters, only married and faced with the hollowness of a 1950s suburban existence. Frank and April Wheeler (DiCaprio and Winslet) always thought of themselves as special, but they settled in a conventional Connecticut suburb when they had children. Hungry for a less constricted life, April persuades Frank to move to Paris--but slowly their plans unravel and their marriage unravels along with it. While Revolutionary Road may be a bit too glib about suburban emptiness--the lives Frank and April lead don't seem so stifled--the portrait of a mismatched marriage is vivid and devastating. The ways that Frank and April misinterpret each other, and the subtle yet unbearable dissatisfaction they feel, is rendered with remarkable and unsettling acuteness. Winslet and DiCaprio's natural chemistry tells us what drew these two together, making the way they tear each other apart all the more shocking. The excellent supporting cast includes Kathy Bates (Misery), Dylan Baker (Happiness), and especially Michael Shannon (Bug) as a mentally troubled mathematician who cuts to the quick of the Wheelers' troubles. Mention must be made of the beautiful production design; the costumes and sets are simply gorgeous. --Bret Fetzer




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Customer Reviews:

  • Incandescent cautionary tale
    Naked and authentic. Updike (but not as aloof) meets Pinter with a dash of Tolstoy. Impaling. Temporal yet oneiric. It is not for everybody; this is for you who like movies that emotionally and psychologically resound. Penetrating resentment, resignation, and shame has never been this effective on-screen.

    You can see the violence of thought in its very restraint. Intimate, riveting portrait of a passionate and crumbling marriage (circa 1950) and the spaces between words. Tightly focused, from the literary school of naturalism, realism. More like an opera, not a soap opera.

    And passionate it is. The chemistry between Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio punctures and reverberates.

    Also, the schadenfreude tendency of rutted suburbanites is equally harrowing in its casual and astute portrayal by the supporting cast.

    This is not a date movie; see with your partner at your own risk. ...more info
  • Revolutionary Road
    I don't know about the movie but I hope it's better then the Audiobook. The book was all over the place with the characters. It was very hard to keep up with the story.
    Hope the movie is much better....more info
  • A Cinematic Poem that fizzles out at the end
    This is a cinematic poem about what the archetypical "middle-class white American suburban life" can do to ones marriage, life and ultimately to ones own humanity: What it does is simply cut life and humanity off at its emotional knees, inevitably turning the fa?ade of order and tranquility into downward cycles of despair, and eventually into self-hatred and barely containable underlying currents of violence: The collective neurotic American emotional condition.

    Directed by Sam Mendes the screenplay is characterized by, and dominated by, subtle clashes of many "mini-moral" sub-themes - the lost of freedom, having to work in jobs that are hated, having kids too early, unplanned pregnancies, affairs with neighbors and colleagues, the desire, but not the will to run away from it all, and then of course, the 800 pound gorilla in the back of the room, abortion.

    At the bottom of all of this is the self-made trap of emptiness and hopelessness that middle-class suburban life of the 1950s represented. Unwittingly, the Wheelers have traded in their freedom for conformity and the always limited but illusory security that middle class suburban life offers. April is the stronger of the two, and thus experiences the growing despair at a higher and much more intense level. And although interesting in its interplay of subthemes, the story, otherwise has a kind of "vanilla" flavor to it. In retrospect, it seemed thin in the extreme.

    The talents of both actors appear to be much too high-powered for the emotional level of this vehicle. The script should have been reserved for those fresh out of acting school. After "The Reader," Kate has set the bar for her own acting so high, that there are unlikely to be many more roles that can truly test the outer ranges of her abilities. She has raised her game to the level that she now has the ultimate actors dilemma: her enormous talents have already out-paced the best screenplays available in Hollywood. And, as was the case for most of this movie, she will increasingly be left on the set unchallenged with nothing much to do.

    Leonardo DiCaprio, still in my estimation, the most under-rated actor in Hollywood, has an entirely different set of problems. His role in this movie just confirms further the Chameleon-like nature of this actor and his acting abilities. That he has such ability is both a virtue and a curse. It is a virtue because it keeps his acting always fresh and alive. He is like a random variable. One does not know when or where he is going to show up in his role; and that is unbelievably exciting. But wherever and whenever he shows up, he will not just "inhabit the role, he will take it over and "possess" it.

    The curse however is that chameleons tend not to become truly great actors because defining who they are gets lost in their catlike abilities to switch from one persona to another -- without leaving even a trace of their own humanity behind the actor's mask they wear. Indeed, I understand that this is the very essence of great acting. Yet, by the calculus of the "movie Gods," four "near great movies" will never add up to "one great movie." If you don't believe it, just ask Samuel L. Jackson.

    And while I would argue that DiCaprio's acting is a slight cut above Jackson's, they both suffer the same dilemma: It is difficult to locate and center their humanity in their roles. In this movie, as in Blood Diamonds, DiCaprio did indeed get to flex his "chops." He is a thrilling actor, but who the hell is he?

    Four Stars...more info
  • another classic ruined
    Really over the top (shouting and screaming the whole way through) and rather unsubstantial. Whilst I loved the book, the film often slid into self indulgence. For me, Richard Yates simply gave the facts to the story, and it never appeared that he was trying to force any emotions on the reader. Here, it's a different matter.
    To make matters worse, Kate Winslet is rather unconvincing as the 'stepford wife' type character, and is incredibly self aware. Even DiCaprio, who I usually love, feels ill chosen.
    And the ending, well that was just disgusting (I think it would have been far more effective to not actually show anything.
    Yet another classic ruined in the transition to film!...more info
  • DVD Extras Offer Fascinating Insight into the Powerful Film
    There is an audio commentary by director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Justin Haythe. According to Mendes, the BBC owned the rights to Yates' book and asked Haythe to adapt it four years ago. They shot the entire film on location and almost completely in sequence so that DiCaprio and Winslet really lived with their characters. Mendes says that the look of the film was not inspired by other films but a documentary about the suburbs and photographs from the era. Haythe talks at length about adapting the book to film - what was left out, changed and so on.

    "Lives of Quiet Desperation: The Making of Revolutionary Road" is a very classy featurette on how this film came together. Winslet was a big fan of the book and really wanted to make it into a film. Mendes had just finished Jarhead (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) and didn't want to jump right into another film but Winslet worked on him for a year until he agreed to do it. It also took Winslet two years to convince DiCaprio to do the film and he loved the script and the chance to work with her again. This featurette also touches upon the challenge of working on location and how the fantastic look of the film was achieved.

    Finally, there are five deleted scenes with optional commentary by Mendes and Haythe. There is a scene that was to reveal the Wheeler children earlier on in the film. There is also more footage of the Wheelers visiting with their next-door neighbors with DiCaprio delivering an excellent monologue that reveals more about his character. We see more footage of Frank commuting to work. There is also a flashback with the Wheelers seeing their new home. Mendes and Haythe talk about why this footage was cut and put it into context with the rest of the film....more info
  • Brilliant!!
    Kate Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio are brilliant in this very sharp satire of American life and practice in the 50s in the USA.

    The film has many layers to it, and it posits a dissatisfaction with life in particular and in general in a world that is completely artificial. The dramatic escape plan, suggested and then demanded by the wife, is merely an extension of the American sense of se;f removal to another "site" in order to get going with USA values. It does not work.

    The breeding family of then and now comes under scrutiny and is found wanting; religious values or ideas are not in evidence, and so there is no leadership in this quarter nor in any other quarter. What the film exposes too are the absurd verbal solutions to problems, hence the wife constantly asking her husband to shut up, and he will not do so, as babble takes over for reason and engulfs the wife and the whole neighborhood.

    What keeps the structure of society in this film going are cliches, notions, attitudes, phrases that preach and teach nothing. The fear of the wife and her final actions have the quality of truth when set beside the options she has..suburban death, chronic dissatisfaction on all levels.

    There is more, but I will not spoil it; see this film if you are excited by ideas and deeper cosiderations than sit coms and melodramas serve up. This is film as art, acting as perhaps the only route to go for us in understanding the darkness that hates the light.

    The other reviews that have issues with boredom or surprise are Mall Movie goers. This is not for entertainment seekers, but for mature thinkers and lovers of film as art. ...more info
  • Di Caprio is his generation's Jodie Foster..
    Sam Mendes surpasses his oscar winning American Beauty with a shattering portrayal of a husband and wife trying to hold on to any dream left in their path. Too often this film has been touted as "a study of a couple in suburban life". This may be why it got buried in the oscar race. Audiences and critics missed the importance of the story entirely.

    Mendes raises many complicated questions by the film's ending and he doesn't offer very many easy answers. But this is exactly why the movie is so important and compelling from beginning to end. Was she completely rational to want to move to Paris or was she irresponsible and bordering on insantiy? Was he a coward for deciding not to go or was he brave and sane for trying to do the responsible thing? Mendes has made a film that reminds one of Elia Kazan at his best. The script brilliantly evokes Tennesee Williams at this best.

    Kate Winslet is of course superb as the lead character. There has not been such a portrayal of a complex character like this since viviegn leigh as Blanche Du Bois in Streetcar. Michael Shannon is frightening as the next door neighbor,who comes across as some kind of bizarre prophet to the couple.

    But it is Leonardo Di Caprio who really captivates in this movie. Like he did as a teenager in some of his best film work, he evokes a vulnerability and daring that makes him a great actor. He has matured into the adult actor in an astouding way like the great jodie foster. Maybe it's easy to overlook this with his brilliant portrayal in Titanic that many can't forget. But if you see this movie, see it for his performance.

    ...more info
  • Heartbreakingly Haunting-- a must see!!!
    Probably one of the most depressing films of the year and one of the most difficult to watch for some, as it easily stirs up deep emotions for anyone who has ever lost dreams or love... have felt themselves trapped in cages... or merely questioning what is next in the life that has become anything and everything but what they had planned for. Thought-driven to its core, the film is brutally honest-- a character study that is almost uncomfortable to view at times. The chemistry between Leo and Kate is a powerful one. It is no surprise that their close relationship in real-life allowed them to transgress so completely into their on-screen "marriage"... As they have mentioned in several interviews, this closeness allowed them to completely open up and reveal their characters... forcing and allowing them to show the intimacy needed at times and the harsh words of angered frustration and hurt at others... This, like "DOUBT" is an actor's showcase. For, everyone on screen, no matter how small the part, delivers! However, this is DiCaprio's film... he completely engulfs the film in his haunting performance of a man torn in an endless number of directions... Kate Winslet, as usual, breaks your heart... Both definite Oscar Nomination worthy performances... however, not necessarily winning! See it!!! But, don't expect to come out of the theater smiling... "Leave your happiness at the door!"...more info
  • DVD Extras Offer Fascinating Insight into the Powerful Film
    There is an audio commentary by director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Justin Haythe. According to Mendes, the BBC owned the rights to Yates' book and asked Haythe to adapt it four years ago. They shot the entire film on location and almost completely in sequence so that DiCaprio and Winslet really lived with their characters. Mendes says that the look of the film was not inspired by other films but a documentary about the suburbs and photographs from the era. Haythe talks at length about adapting the book to film - what was left out, changed and so on.

    "Lives of Quiet Desperation: The Making of Revolutionary Road" is a very classy featurette on how this film came together. Winslet was a big fan of the book and really wanted to make it into a film. Mendes had just finished Jarhead (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) and didn't want to jump right into another film but Winslet worked on him for a year until he agreed to do it. It also took Winslet two years to convince DiCaprio to do the film and he loved the script and the chance to work with her again. This featurette also touches upon the challenge of working on location and how the fantastic look of the film was achieved.

    Finally, there are five deleted scenes with optional commentary by Mendes and Haythe. There is a scene that was to reveal the Wheeler children earlier on in the film. There is also more footage of the Wheelers visiting with their next-door neighbors with DiCaprio delivering an excellent monologue that reveals more about his character. We see more footage of Frank commuting to work. There is also a flashback with the Wheelers seeing their new home. Mendes and Haythe talk about why this footage was cut and put it into context with the rest of the film....more info
  • too dark too depressing
    The actors and actress did a wonderful job however, the content was dark and depressing. Frankly, I felt miserable after watching this movie....more info
  • Brilliant!!
    Kate Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio are brilliant in this very sharp satire of American life and practice in the 50s in the USA.

    The film has many layers to it, and it posits a dissatisfaction with life in particular and in general in a world that is completely artificial. The dramatic escape plan, suggested and then demanded by the wife, is merely an extension of the American sense of se;f removal to another "site" in order to get going with USA values. It does not work.

    The breeding family of then and now comes under scrutiny and is found wanting; religious values or ideas are not in evidence, and so there is no leadership in this quarter nor in any other quarter. What the film exposes too are the absurd verbal solutions to problems, hence the wife constantly asking her husband to shut up, and he will not do so, as babble takes over for reason and engulfs the wife and the whole neighborhood.

    What keeps the structure of society in this film going are cliches, notions, attitudes, phrases that preach and teach nothing. The fear of the wife and her final actions have the quality of truth when set beside the options she has..suburban death, chronic dissatisfaction on all levels.

    There is more, but I will not spoil it; see this film if you are excited by ideas and deeper cosiderations than sit coms and melodramas serve up. This is film as art, acting as perhaps the only route to go for us in understanding the darkness that hates the light.

    The other reviews that have issues with boredom or surprise are Mall Movie goers. This is not for entertainment seekers, but for mature thinkers and lovers of film as art. ...more info
  • Di Caprio is his generation's Jodie Foster..
    Sam Mendes surpasses his oscar winning American Beauty with a shattering portrayal of a husband and wife trying to hold on to any dream left in their path. Too often this film has been touted as "a study of a couple in suburban life". This may be why it got buried in the oscar race. Audiences and critics missed the importance of the story entirely.

    Mendes raises many complicated questions by the film's ending and he doesn't offer very many easy answers. But this is exactly why the movie is so important and compelling from beginning to end. Was she completely rational to want to move to Paris or was she irresponsible and bordering on insantiy? Was he a coward for deciding not to go or was he brave and sane for trying to do the responsible thing? Mendes has made a film that reminds one of Elia Kazan at his best. The script brilliantly evokes Tennesee Williams at this best.

    Kate Winslet is of course superb as the lead character. There has not been such a portrayal of a complex character like this since viviegn leigh as Blanche Du Bois in Streetcar. Michael Shannon is frightening as the next door neighbor,who comes across as some kind of bizarre prophet to the couple.

    But it is Leonardo Di Caprio who really captivates in this movie. Like he did as a teenager in some of his best film work, he evokes a vulnerability and daring that makes him a great actor. He has matured into the adult actor in an astouding way like the great jodie foster. Maybe it's easy to overlook this with his brilliant portrayal in Titanic that many can't forget. But if you see this movie, see it for his performance.

    ...more info
  • Trash!
    This is the worst piece of TRASH to come out of Hollywood in, well... minutes, hours? They make such crap these days it just keeps flowing. If a train had come and rum both of the lead characters after the first 20 minutes it wouldn't have hurt my feelings in the least. Both of them are ROTTEN people who get what they deserved. She married a man for fortune and sex (all the wrong reasons) he can't figure out what the hell he wants and should be SHOT! CRAP, plain and simple......more info
  • Poignant and thought provoking
    "Revolutionary Road" is a poignant and thought provoking film about a young married couple living the so-called American Dream. Frank has a job as a salesman in New York City, April is a housewife and mother with unrealized dreams of being an actress. Moving to Paris seems to be the solution to their stagnant lives. But, comfort, fear and the inability to blindly leap proves to be the catalyst that makes them reach their boiling point.

    Frank and April always thought they were above it all, above the suburban lifestyle, that they were special and this was just a stop on the road to something marvelous. Then, they start to confront the idea that they are just like anyone else, that this is their life now and forever and that they have and are living a frustrated and unrealized life. Frank and April feel trapped in their suburban life. They resent the job, the house and also their marriage. Their unfulfillment and general unhappiness lead to explosive quarrels that little by little corrode the couple's relationship. The movie was raw and honest, delving deeply into a relationship and the idea of living a compromised life. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio were nothing short of astounding in their performances and the movie itself was perfectly and artistically shot. 4.5 stars....more info
  • Great acting but that's about it
    Revolutionary Road
    Plays out as an over dramatic soap opera that was somewhat stifling and slow Although The performances by Kate Winslet and Leo Dicaprio were way above par and entertaining.She as an unspoken manic depressive and he as the naive insecure somewhat door mattish husband.
    Michael Shannon "BUG" who plays a mentally disturbed but very perceptive new friend of the family gives an amazing performance as well. All this great acting still doesn't Completely salvage the film. The story shows about 60 seconds of the two courting then flash to the couple with two kids and a perfect home.It builds absolutely no foundation for the relationship therefore making it non interesting from the start.
    It has a few flashback sequences but nothing "revolutionary". It's very depressing and holds no joy.
    One thing that I will give it kudos for besides the acting is that it broke tradition with the storyline having The wife"Winslet" go through the mental turmoil you stereotypically see a man going through on film.
    ...more info