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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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Titanic Reincarnated

  • Jan 14, 2011
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. 

This is a much better movie than I had expected!
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January 17, 2011
great review
January 14, 2011
I saw this on HBO one night and it was well-acted. I did however, feel that the plot offered very little surprises and small in pay offs. Nice review!
January 14, 2011
In many ways, I agree with you... however, I do feel that it's up to the audience to look for the surprises and not the movie to offer you. Let me put it like this... going on trips as often as I do (& in your case, watching as many movies as you do), it was very natural for me to look for a higher and more challenging mountain or a breathtaking & majestic vista. The point is not to look for the ooh-factor or the aah-gasp through surprises or something bigger than the last. The lesson is to learn to find the specialness in each one, to find the meaning yourself. Just as sceneries are the same for everyone, the meaning of it is different for many, based on (not so much the scene itself) but the meaning of it to the person involved. Say, if it's a person's first mountain, or if it's the first romantic getaway, or the 50th anniversary, the scene looks different to that person.

Naturally, there are some movies which are unconventional (like Avatar, Inception or Matrix) while there are some with very ordinary theme but is transformed into something extraordinary. That I do believe is what makes a story extra-special. Not because it is something that uses dramatic effects to shock the senses (like Black Swan) but using the most basic human factors like love and growth. Fear should never be something to turn a person on (although I'm sure those who love horror films or CSI would not concur on this).

Surprises & pay offs come from within ;-) When one can surprise the self, one will naturally find the pay offs!
January 14, 2011
good comment. Oh, I didn't mean that as something negative, it was just my feeling and I probably would rate the movie the same as you. I am totally with you about "surprises and pay offs come from within"--same thing as with originality. Some may see something original while others may not. Depends on how much one has experienced. I think you really liked this movie! That is great! But BLACK SWAN was still better LOL!
January 14, 2011
Not that I "really like" this movie, but it was better than I had expected. I didn't think I'd have finished watching it but I stayed on and managed to enjoy both their acting & role. It's as real as many marriages out there. BLACK SWAN wins on originality but it is not real to me in any sense, just as a person's hallucination can never exist in the world, except to the person. I didn't think it's good because I'm one who doesn't enjoy horror movies, no matter what forms they come in. If a horror movie has real element, I might still be able to stomach it. But to create something that's so unreal and then to make it horror... that's pure fiction in its worst form :p
January 15, 2011
:P right back at'cha LOL!
More Revolutionary Road reviews
review by . January 24, 2010
   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 …
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
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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

Based on the novel of the same name, by Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road is set ...
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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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