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Revolutionary Road

A 2008 British-American drama film starring Kate Winslet & Leonardo DiCaprio, directed by Sam Mendes

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A Case of a Husband Not Ever Actually "Hearing" His Wife

  • Jan 24, 2010
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Dark period piece about a 1950's couple (Winsett and DeCaprio) who meet at a party in Manhattan.  She is an aspiring actress and he is a fun guy with very few aspirations other than being something like a delivery guy. 

The scene shifts forward a few years and Kate is in a play that is apparently a dud.  Leo, now her husband, tries to comfort her saying that at least she was the best thing about the dismal play.  This does nothing to quell her disappointment.  He than pulls the car over (they were driving) and starts yelling at her, telling her that it is unfair for her to be blaming him for her failure (this was not true).  He nearly hits her and this scene is a harbinger of things to come.

Throughout the film it seems that Kate's dreams are constantly shattered while Leo muddle's through life oblivious to her needs.  Kate feels that her life as a housewife in a suburban home with two kids (that was supposed to be the American dream back then) is a boring existance and her husband constantly tells her how boring his job is and that he only keeps it to pay the bills.

Kate comes up with an idea where they will go to Paris to live.  Leo had always told her it was the most fun place he had ever been to.  She thinks that this would be perfect as she would put meaning to both of their lives where she can work and support him until he figures out what he wants to do rather than toil away at something meaningless.

The whole thing sounds like a chance to live out a possible dream but Leo does everything to thwart it.  Whether it be starting up an affair with a girl in the steno pool or wanting to stay at the job he has because his father worked there for twenty years.

The realtor (Cathy Bates) that sold them their house becomes a regular friend of theirs and convinces them to let her bring her son to visit even though he currently resides in a mental institution.  The son may be crazy but he is the only one who sees their relationship for what it really is and has an uncanny knack for seeing through lies.

As the movie goes on Leo keeps killing his wife's dreams to a point that she becomes unfeeling and kind of crazy herself.  I liked this film for showing that the American dream of the 50's wasn't all it was cracked up to be.

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January 26, 2010
I've been wondering about this. For some reason it never made it to my home yet. Thanks for the review, I'll rent it first.
January 26, 2010
The same thing happened to me. I was supposed to see it in the theater with my wife but it was sold out and we saw Gran Torino instead (a much better film). I never got around to seeing it but now HBO has it on-demand so we watched last week.
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review by . January 14, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Titanic Reincarnated
Well, to catch them as a married couple is what this film is about. The "sequel" to Titanic, the ending, as disastrous!      A love story on board the Titanic had been romanticized while death separated them so that the reality of life never quite comes into picture. On the other hand, when the two very same stars got married in Revolutionary Road, other problems and realities of life crop up. Jobs, finances, extramarital affairs... they become part and parcel of this …
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
Disappointing, it didn't match the expectations raised in the beginning.
review by . April 16, 2009
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio reunited for this film about U.S. suburban life in the mid-1950s. The chemistry between these two is as strong as ever but in REVOLUTIONARY ROAD they are steeped in misery. April Wheeler (Winslet) has aspirations--to be an actress, to be special somehow, to rise above the cookie-cutter suburban life. Frank Wheeler (DiCaprio) is a cog in the machinery at a New York business and dealing with his 30th birthday by having an affair. They are anchored (and not in a good …
review by . June 08, 2009
This movie touched me deeply. As it will all young men and women who were raised by parents that came into their own during this generation.   We are all the products of our pasts and these characters were our parents,  who in essence made us what we are today in the 40- something generation. We still feel the edges of their desperation like the frayed ends of fine carpets that have been walked upon one too many times.     Kate's character …
Quick Tip by . August 28, 2009
Very thought provoking, but equally depressing. Kinda makes me lose faith in love, marriage and the suburban life... :/
review by . June 11, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Kate Winselt and Leondaro DiCaprio, that same duo that brought you Titanic, now star in Revolutionary Road [Blu-ray], a very different film. This movie isn't really a lighthearted love story, which is what I expected based upon Titanic. Rather, Revolutionary Road attempts to show the struggles of a young couple seeking to break out of the traditional mold of 1950s suburbia. The premise of the movie was interesting, but it's a very dark movie and not a great date movie (my date fell asleep). Furthermore, …
review by . December 22, 2008
It begins so innocently: A young man and a young woman glace at each other and immediately want to close the distance between them and get better acquainted. Such a moment can be found in James Cameron's "Titanic" early in the film, when the characters played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet first notice each other despite being separated by deck levels and social status. A very similar moment can be found at the beginning of Sam Mendes' "Revolutionary Road," and interestingly, it features …
review by . June 05, 2009
In this film version of the Richard Yates novel "Revolutionary Road," we visit mid-twentieth century suburbia, and follow the lives of a young couple, portrayed by Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. An excellent supporting cast includes Kathy Bates as a somewhat annoying realtor. Having read the book, I found the film slightly disappointing, in that it didn't seem to delve as deeply into the issues. However, I am always a fan of Kate Winslet (and Kathy Bates), so for those reasons, I do applaud …
review by . April 12, 2009
It is a period in the middle of the twentieth century - the hopeful 1950s - and a young couple, Frank and April Wheeler, begin their marriage in New York. Soon after, they are suburbanites, living in a development in Connecticut, on Revolutionary Road.     Their marriage had begun after an unexpected pregnancy. After the birth of the first child, a second followed. They seemed to be a model couple: bright, beautiful, talented...Maybe Frank's job is dull and perhaps April never …
review by . June 07, 2009
A half a century ago migration from the noisy high-powered success of the city to the serenity of the suburbs found the path of REVOLUTIONARY ROAD a common one. Richard Yates' novel about the fragility of married commitment in 1955 has been very successfully transformed to the screen by writer Justin Haythe, director Sam Mendes and a perfect cast of actors. All of the soured expectations of that period gel in this superb film - a movie that is difficult to watch at times, mostly because it rings …
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InRevolutionary 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. WhileRevolutionary Roadmay 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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Director: Sam Mendes
Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 23, 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Justin Haythe
DVD Release Date: June 2, 2009
Runtime: 119 minutes
Studio: Paramount
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