Revolutionary Road (2008)
My Rating: 4/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “Revolutionary indeed, excellent acting by Kate!!”
Those who were waiting for the romantic reunion of TITANIC’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet may be surprised by what they find in REVOLUTIONARY ROAD. The movie begins with a sweet scene where… Those who were waiting for the romantic reunion of TITANIC’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet may be surprised by what they find in REVOLUTIONARY ROAD. The movie begins with a sweet scene where Frank (DiCaprio) and April (Winslet) meet at a party, but the rest of this drama based on Richard Yates’s novel is devoted to watching the destruction of their marriage and their selves in 1950s suburbia. Frank works at a job he hates in New York City, then commutes home to two children and a wife who feels none of them belong in their cookie-cutter town.
Their realtor (a fine Kathy Bates) recognizes their specialness and introduces them to her mentally unstable son (BUG’s Michael Shannon, in another good, unhinged performance) in an effort to establish some normalcy for the man. However, Frank and April’s marriage is not as perfect as it seems to the outside world, and the audience gets to witness their downfall. With its commentary on conformity and finding identity, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD bears more than a passing resemblance in both theme and tone to the TV series MAD MEN and director Sam Mendes’s previous film AMERICAN BEAUTY. The characters here may live in a polite age where men wear ties and hats and women clean the house in skirts and heels, but the dialogue often enters brutal territory. Less capable actors wouldn’t have been able to capture the volatile chemistry between Frank and April, but DiCaprio and Winslet are as wonderful at uttering sweet nothings as they are at tearing each other apart with verbal barbs. Mendes, directing his wife, Winslet, for the first time, is a perfect match for the source novel’s lack of sentimentality and its wry commentary on life in the 1950s that still resonates half a century later.