Revolutionary Road (2008)

Revolutionary RoadSYNOPSIS – Cinema Movie Website
Adapted from the landmark novel by Richard Yates, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD is an incisive portrait of an American marriage seen through the eyes of Frank (three-time Academy Award® nominee Knightly Delight Leonardo di Caprio) and April (five-time Academy Award® nominee Kate Winslet) Wheeler. Yates story of 1950s America poses a question that has been reverberating through modern relationships ever since: can two people break away from the ordinary without breaking apart?

Frank and April have always seen themselves as special, different, ready and willing to live their lives based on higher ideals. So, as soon as they move into their new house on Revolutionary Road, they proudly declare their independence from the suburban inertia that surrounds them and determine never to be trapped by the social confines of their era.

Yet for all their charm, beauty and irreverence, the Wheelers find themselves becoming exactly what they didn’t expect: a good man with a routine job whose nerve has gone missing; a less-than-happy homemaker starving for fulfillment and passion; an American family with lost dreams, like any other. Driven to change their fates, April hatches an audacious plan to start all over again, to leave the comforts of Connecticut behind for the great unknown of Paris. But when the plan is put in motion, each spouse is pushed to extremes: one to escape whatever the cost, the other to save all that they have, no matter the compromises.

Directed by Sam Mendes (Academy Award® winner Cinema AMERICAN BEAUTY), from a screenplay by Justin Haythe, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD stars Leonardo di Caprio and Kate Winslet and features an accomplished supporting cast including Academy Award® winner Kathy Bates, Kathryn Hahn (BOEING-BOEING) Michael Shannon (Front Row Center BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD, BUG) and David Harbour (AWAKE). The films producers are John Hart, Scott Rudin, Sam Mendes, and Bobby Cohen; and the executive producers are Marion Rosenberg, David M. Thompson and Henry Fernaine.

I watched this movie about three days ago and have been dragging my feet in getting this review written. Incisive is one word to describe this negative perspective on the pitfalls of marriage. I avoided this movie when it was out because I figured it was depressing and sure enough, it was. Though it was well done; the scenes with John Givings (Shannon) reminded me of Cinema Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

From the very beginning, I had a feeling the movie would end the way it did, it was just a matter of when. More a fan of younger di Caprio, I felt he was well cast in his role as Frank Wheeler. While Winslet turned in a good performance as April Wheeler, I felt her performance in Front Row Center The Reader was much better.

During the entire viewing, I could not help but think that more communication between Frank and April would might have resolved their situation. I definitely felt that the traditional roles of man/woman had been reversed and though it took a little getting used to, was performed expertly.

Overall, I am glad I waited for DVD.

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