Revolutionary Road (2008)
Critic Consensus: Brilliantly acted and emotionally powerful, Revolutionary Road is a handsome adaptation of Richard Yates' celebrated novel.
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Critic Reviews for Revolutionary Road
Mendes has made a troubling film that wrestles with big themes and touchy subjects, even if it is set in an overly familiar milieu.
Bolstered by Thomas Newman's score, spot-on set design and the brilliant source material, "Revolutionary Road" is a darkly effective portrait of an Eisenhower-era couple who fall tragically short of reaching Camelot.
This is a sobering, well-observed film that doesn't fully hit the mark but sets up enough pleasing ideas to chew on regarding ambition, marriage and ideals of how to live one's life, individually and as a couple.
Ultimately, the performances are (rightly) more involving than the story. By the same token, the actors are more involving than the film.
A deeply felt, moving and genuinely tragic study of a marriage tearing itself apart.
Audience Reviews for Revolutionary Road
A handsomely constructed, quietly devastating film concerning a couple trapped in a dull and ordinary 1950's life and desperate to find a way out of it, even if it means considering a dream-like scenario. Mendes really doesn't like life in suburbia, as, like he did in "American Beauty", he shows the disturbing, genuine thoughts of characters that, on the outside at least, have the ideal lifestyle. This film is excellently acted, Winslet is outstanding as always, DiCaprio turns in one of his best (if not his best) performances, and Michael Shannon steals the show as a mentally unstable man who is initially impressed at the couples' honesty, but eventually angry with what the couple decides. The negatives are some of the arguments between Winslet and DiCaprio make you wonder, "would even the angriest of people be saying the kind of things they're saying when they have kids around?!", and what happens with DiCaprio's character from a work standpoint is like the main plot out of Office Space, only Mendes takes this seriously.
Sam Mendes' 'Revolutionary Road' is a great movie in a lot of ways. The acting from its stars is incredibly powerful, Deaken's cinematography is graceful, and the story carries some considerable emotional weight. But 'Revolutionary Road' has a story that still feels unoriginal and sounds like a bore on paper. Entertainment value may be lost on great cinematic value, but what this film sets out to do, it does so so superbly.
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio's performances are better than the movie itself. The movie is problematic, but these are one of the two greatest actors at their most emotional and rawest moment. I would say that the cinematography is picture-perfect.
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