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Sam Mendes (American Beauty) re-unites Kate Winslet & Leo DiCaprio, for the first time since Titanic days, as April and Frank Wheeler. They play a young couple living with their two children in a Connecticut suburb in the mid-1950s. The Wheeler's are successful but unsatisfied... Frank is stuck in a well-paid but boring office job and April still mourns the demise of her acting career.
Depressed by the mediocre sprawl of suburbanites who surround them, they impulsively decide to move to France where they'll regain the excitement and artistic sensibilities of their younger years. But this decision lays bare the fragility of their relationship.
Best Actress (Drama) for Kate Winslet - Golden Globes 2009.
- Justin Haythe (based on the novel by Richard Yates)
Rating: R16 contains violence, offensive language & sex scenes
Having relationship issues? Well, be warned that Revolutionary Road tackles the politics of ‘settling down’ head-on, without flinching. It’s classy, it’s pretty, sometimes it’s even very, very funny, but not once does it release its grip on the theme.
Arguably the two most watchable Hollywood stars of their generation, Winslet and DiCaprio are at their peaks – nailing every difficult scene, feeding off each other, making the Wheelers seem as real as the seat you’re sitting in. It can’t have been easy for Sam Mendes to direct his wife (Winslet) in such an unrelenting exploration of marital dissatisfaction, but the result is well worth the Golden Globe she tearily scooped – and there are scenes in which she’s never looked more stunning. There’s a gorgeous poetic touch to the surroundings too – Mendes and DoP Roger Deakins turning a morning commute into something of a rat-race ballet and using garden sprinklers, dappled light and pastel tones to elegantly decorate the period settings.
Without wanting to reveal too much, the only problem is what you come away with once all the intra-marriage sparring is done and the credits roll. There are a lot of issues left hanging there, depressingly unresolved – as is often the case in real life. A brilliantly made film then, but if you’re planning on using it for a night out with your partner, sit tight, hold hands and be very, very nice to each other afterwards.
Chicago Sun-Times [Roger Ebert]
Los Angeles Times
New York Times
NZ Herald [Francesca Rudkin]
Rolling Stone [USA]
TV3 [Kate Rodger]
The opinions appear to be divided: some love it, for others its a waste of money. I agree with the BBC reviewer: The characters are too shallow and length of the movie does not allow to develop the complexity of the issues, the relationship or the characters. Again a movie, which wants to compress a thick and well written book into just two hours. This does not work and has only disappointing results. On the other hand, if you love to see DeCaprio and K Winslet and the last film you have seen with them is Titanic, its worthwhile going to see how different they can act.
Pretentious acting, poor directing and dire screenplay. Two main characters were cold and unlovable. Direction was hurried and without any kind of focus. If the lovemaking scenes in this are Mendes idea of passion, I feel sorry for Winslet. Kate Winslet is an average actress who believes the hype that she is a great one. All involved need to get out more.
I love this kind of head-on assault with the human condition in all its ultra-depressing glory. Very contemporary although set in the 50's. Very "american beauty' but 10 years more maturity from Mendes.
Leonardo and Kate show true artistry - intensely imploding and exploding. Lots of nervous laughter when the lights came on - definitely touching some late-capitalism, late-relationship nerves and managing to stir up some existential questioning. A juicy lamb shank.
Top notch drama
Really loved this film. Very nicely put together, with some terrific performances. Very powerful in parts. Good use of music, beautifully shot. Captivating. Can't say enough good things. Please see it.
Blew me away
Blew me away
I loved this film - while minor elements annoyed me, the whole had a powerful impact. Flicks review says there are issues left hanging, but this is what is so great about it... had it in my head for days.