Saturday, February 13, 2010

Revolutionary Road (2008) R - 3½ Stars

Based on the 1961 novel by author Richard Yates, I liked this movie with it's great cast, Bates, DiCaprio and Winslet. Winslet does a good job playing a head strong woman so set in her dreams, it will drive her mad if she has to comply with society. DiCaprio, always good in his roles, plays the loving supportive bread winning husband of the 50's. Even though they are defiant to live the "Leave it to Beaver" stereo-typed family, they end up finding themselves living that it anyways.

Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio), and April Wheeler (Kate Winslet), are a young married couple from Connecticut. While everyone else lives in conformity to the 1950's life styles, Frank and April have never thought of themselves as complying to any ones standards but more, the couple that sets the bar. They move to their new home on Revolutionary Road, and soon find out that co-existing with the other "perfect yard - white picket fence" neighbors becomes stifling. As Frank and April try to fit into this, "ideal environment," they find themselves feeling suffocated. Vowing to break up the monotony, they pledge to friends their move to Paris, France. The couple finally feels alive again as they plan their move. But Frank is offered a large pay bonus to stay put and he decides to take the financial stability over the unstable risk. That doesn't go over well with April who now feels she must do it to stay alive.

Awards include:

2008 - Revolutionary Road - Alliance of Women Film Journalists - Best Actress
2008 - Revolutionary Road - St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association - Best Actress
2008 - Revolutionary Road - Vancouver Film Critics - Best Actress

Neal Street Productions, Evamere Entertainment, BBC Films, Paramount Pictures
Director: Sam Mendes
Writer: Justin Haythe
Producers: Sam Mendes, John Hart, Bobby Cohen
I viewed 9/09

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