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Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet
A YOUNG COUPLE LIVING IN A CONNECTICUT SUBURB DURING THE MID-1950S STRUGGLE TO COME TO TERMS WITH THEIR PERSONAL PROBLEMS WHILE TRYING TO RAISE THEIR TWO CHILDREN.
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Reviewed on 9/9/2012...
bad, bad, bad, could not even finish watching it
3 of 7 member(s) found this review helpful.
Averi K. (leolover) from ALACHUA, FL
Reviewed on 2/28/2011...
This is one of my favorite movies. Kate winslet and Leo Are great it is a very depressing movie but very good acting 5-Stars ***** :)
3 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
Pam R. (RAT) from GALLIPOLIS, OH
Reviewed on 10/14/2010...
I have to say i was expecting so much more with this film! I was so let down! Very boring,slow and not at all interesting! I thought about ordering this several times and now I am so happy I didnt! Just rediculous! I guess I was figuring it would be good b/c of the same actors in Titanic but I was let down! Anyway I would not watch more than once 2 stars thats all its worth!
5 of 7 member(s) found this review helpful.
Joanne L. from GORHAM, ME
Reviewed on 2/13/2010...
This was a depressing film, but the acting and cinematography were incredible. Note to a couple of other reviewers: women did lead lives of quiet desperation in the 1950s. I know. I was there. The film captured April's angst and her husband's sense of entitlement merely by the fact of his being male very very well. Oh, and I did laugh a few times in the film. Kathy Bates was a delight.
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A Prison Within A Prison
Jimmy Lee | Manhasset, N.Y. United States | 02/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
Adapted from Richard Yates first novel, Revolutionary Road exposes the adversities of a young couple living in a Connecticut suburban neighborhood during the 1950's who simply realize too late that they were never meant to be.
Frank Wheeler (Dicaprio) and April Wheeler (Winslet) feel as though they must standout from all the other mundane and ordinary suburbanites in their neighborhood. Frank, a marketer who works for Knoxx business (equivalent to IBM in those days) machines, is profoundly miserable at his job as he diligently works in a cubicle and engages in secretarial affairs with the novice typist. April, a struggling actress, who apparently never received her big break in show biz does not like to talk about her failures.
During the beginning of the film, we are introduced to a quick flashback of how they met at a party while they were younger; Frank exhibits his witty, charming charisma as he gives April the impression of eventually leading a spontaneous life in Paris in the future. However, the viewer only begins to find out that this was merely a sales pitch or a common characteristic of a marketer. On the contrary, April falls for it no less. Fast forwarding to the present, April now lives in an ordinary life on Revolutionary Road with Frank and her two children and receives frequent visits from her inquisitive real estate agent (Kathy Bates) accompanied with her "mentally unstable" son. April feels as though she is leading a very unsatisfying and unfulfilled life. To add some excitement in their relationship, April broaches Frank's former idea of actually pursuing a career and settling in Paris as a secretary because it simply pays handsomely; meanwhile, it will beneficially fit Frank because he can finally figure out what he wants to do with his life. Frank refuses at first because according to him it is just "unrealistic" but eventually obliges because he too feels as though they need something new and spontaneous to reinvent their relationship. Despite the neighbors and Frank's fellow co-workers disbelief in this "childish" and radical decision, things seem to go very smoothly in the Wheeler family; the house they just bought is now on sale, their belongings are packed, the children are excited, life could not be any better.
It all seems too swell for this tragic couple, when suddenly Frank is offered a promotion at his redundant job with a higher paying position, heavier responsibilities, and more importantly a chance to be apart of something great, the computer. Frank refuses this handsome offer from his boss at first because it interferes with their big trip to Paris. On the other hand, Frank cannot resist the temptation and is drawn to stay at this job because of the attachment he has regarding his father. We learn that Frank's father has also worked at Knoxx Business Machines for 30 years. It suggests as though Frank has a yearning desire to fulfill this empty legacy. On a different note, it strongly expresses Frank's inability to change and triumph over his trepidation. This couple struggles to achieve any sort of compromise as their lays a serious conflict of interest regarding their futures. April wants a lifestyle change in Paris; meanwhile, Frank is satisfied working in a miserable occupation with a higher salary. This relationship portrays that conflict of interest incessantly; it also shows how it affects their lifestyle and how they grapple with the consequences. It is not pleasant I rest assure you. (You'll see what I mean)
The bigger picture here is the heavy social commentary implemented in this film at almost every other scene. It reflects and exposes the culture of the 1950's, the struggles of an unhappy relationship, and the fine line between insanity and simply pure genius. It also sheds light upon questions such as what is insanity and what is mean to be medically and mentally unstable? The reality is that the real estate agent's son who is "mentally unstable" by society is the only one that possesses a real intellectual and realistic perception on the wheeler's relationship.(Go figure) The Wheeler's relationship and decisions are constantly being influenced by other people and we see this through Frank's work environment, the neighbors, and the real estate agent. April is victimized as a prisoner of culture and her difficulty of coping with the dynamics of the role of a wife during the 1950's. Some might question her role in the film and ask, well, why doesn't she just get a divorce, or leave Frank? It just wasn't that simple during that time period as it was considered taboo or dishonorable to leave or separate from your husband. April wishes she could leave the house but is drawn back to it like a magnet because she has two children, a husband, and could not possibly earn a lucrative living in those days considering the job opportunities available at that time period. In that regard, April is prisoner of the house, living in an inescapable environment. She is a prisoner living in a prison within a prison. Frank is a mere coward that cannot confront the social obstacles of change. Like April, Frank too, is a prisoner as well. Hence, my conclusion, a couple that was never meant to be.
Personally, I enjoyed this film not because of the setting, or from the great performances, but the realism that is portrayed here in this relationship. It is quite unique in the sense that the film does not sugar coat anything. Not to be too clichéd or anything but it echoes the expression "it is what it is". In that regard it may turn some people off. I happen to cherish and embraced this message. If you like this film, check out "A Doll's House" with Anthony Hopkins. Both are excellent but sad films. They express a similar struggle of a couple resisting to conform to society."
Andaluz | Claremont, CA USA | 02/01/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Revolutionary Road, set in 1950s suburbia, is the latest movie to deal with the disenchantment that sets in when life fails to meet expectations.
April (Kate Winslet), an acting student and Greenwich Village-dwelling bohemian, falls in love with Frank Wheeler (Leonardo DiCaprio), and soon finds herself living the life of a suburban housewife and mother. April sees herself as a victim of suburban homogeneity and mediocrity, and longs for more than the ordinary life she shares with Frank. The reality, though, is that April lacks the gifts needed to have an extraordinary life. Her one true talent seems to be making other people miserable.
I found this movie hard to watch. At times the movie is as airless as the suburb it portrays. The nasty fights between the Wheelers become wearying, and there is nothing particularly fresh or original in this portrayal of a marriage gone wrong. There's a predictability in the downfall of the Wheelers; it's clear from the start of this movie that no one will find any measure of happiness. All that's left for the viewer to do is to guess how exactly the unhappiness will unfold.
For some reason, I found myself unmoved by April's unhappiness, and I'm not sure if this is the fault of the script or of Winslet's performance. April's despair seems a bit overwrought. Part of this may have to do with the fact that the Wheelers are not exactly stranded in the hinterlands. They live within commuting distance of one of the great cities of the world and yet their social lives seem to revolve entirely around suburban locales. Manhattan is only seen as a place where mind numbing work is done.
Leonardo DiCaprio does a fine job portraying the self-doubting Frank, but it's the supporting actors who are most memorable in this film. Many people are raving about Michael Shannon's performance as a mentally ill mathematician, but I also enjoyed Kathy Bates' nuanced portrayal of a busybody real estate agent.
I also enjoyed the final scene, which injects a bit of dry humor into what has been an increasingly grim affair.
OK - we get it...
kerouac's ghost | the void | 08/16/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
""Revolutionary Road" is based on the novel by the always cheerful Richard Yates. Of all the faults in the movie, the worst is that it wallows in that most tried and true of Hollywood cliches. America is a spiritual wasteland. The people who inhabit America, most specifically those of the middle class who live in suburbia, are empty and superficial. They hate their lives and their smiles only serve to hide the anger and sorrow inside their vacant souls. No American ever lived a fulfilling life after getting married, having kids and living in a nice house. If you have a job that is not artistic in nature, live in a suburban neighborhood and are saving money for your kids to go to college, this means you.
OK - we get it.
In my younger and more vulnerable years, I would have loved "Revolutionary Road". I would have loved it's pretensions to art. I would have loved the pessimism of it's view - so obviously fashionable though it be. Watching "Revolutionary Road" and Mendes earlier exact-same-movie-of-a-different-name, "American Beauty", is like sitting at a Parisian sidewalk cafe wearing dark sungless, smoking a cigarette and reading poetry (you pick the fashionable dark, brooding poet). Looks and sounds pretty cool, but in reality, not a lot going on.
In short, if you want to see really great actors wallow in contrivances and, if you are a suburbanite, want to know what the creative elite think of you, you could not do better than "Revolutionary Road". If it's art you are looking for, or just a good movie (or just something original), look elsewhere."