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 marriage. This time round, same sad ending; she died instead of him though.
As I mentioned some 2 days ago... "Marriage is an institution; love is not, neither is growth..." This movie more or less reinforces my observation about marriage (being an institution, that is). Love was a prelude to the marriage. What is needed to maintain one is a lot more, even in those days. It is a case of two persons branching out in different directions with differences in ambition. However, to self-abort a baby when their relocation to Paris (in order to have a better life; a high & mighty assumption) was at stake, well, that calls in the question of what is right and wrong, what is being happy where you are and with what you have. Feeling trapped, that's what is troubling Kate here.
Both Kate & Leonardo acted well here. In fact, Leonardo so well that I actually hate his guts (especially in the beginning of the film), LOL... Not that I ever quite like him in Titanic. He was great in both Catch Me if You Can & Inception, I thought.
The couple has problems; BIG problems. I hate it when people argue and to hear a husband & wife said the things they did when they argue, boy... that's the most hurtful things a couple could say to one another! A marriage that has reached such a state, well, nothing good will come out of it.
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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, … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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
Based on the novel of the same name, by Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road is set ...