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Movie Review: Revolutionary Road

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Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years and 1 month ago

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PL's Archives: Written 1/24/09

WOW – is all I can say. Before going on, kudos to Leo and Kate (Yes, I’m on a first name basis with them) for having delivered a damn good performance. What may seem overkill for some may seem realistic to others. The story between these two as the Wheelers (Frank & April) traces the struggles between a couple’s individuality and their differences versus the façade of having to maintain that proper look of just another American family taking care of their duties as a whole. A beautiful suburban neighborhood, the perfect house and mediocre suburbanite life would equal the perfect life right? Wrong! Not all that shines is a diamond and being a true believer of what I’ve just said, the story of this family I’m sure hits close to home with many and many that have seen this flick. Perhaps not in the same detailed way giving it’s just a film, but director, Sam Mendes knew what nerves to prick when working on this project. Like “Jarhead” or “American Beauty” among his best according to me, the guy really has a thing for taking a stab at that other side of life. Whether tackling the war within the war of one’s emotions and experiences or the general dysfunctions/insecurities of most families among us… ties between the “Wheelers” aren’t all that far when confronted with uncertainty and testing among every day trials and tribulations, Mr. Mendes, I think, couldn’t have chosen a better pair to bring life upon those we see/know living their settled “happy: lives and moving along as cryptic victims of circumstances. Depressing or unstable… whatever the case, the film exposes what it’s suppose to expose and that’s REALITY!

I also found it very pleasing to have seen “Titanic” vets DiCaprio, Winslet and Bates team up again. Not only does it display the growth and maturity of talent between Leo and Kate, but the sense of support of Kathy Bates to be able to carry herself and scenes very well as the film goes on. It also seemed pleasing to have felt the security and openness of Sam Mendes to direct his wife… especially during love making scenes… awkward… I sure think so.

April and Frank Wheeler are a young, thriving couple living with their two children in a Connecticut suburb in the mid-1950s. Their self-assured exterior hides a creeping frustration at their inability to feel any kind of accomplishment in their relationships or careers. Frank is tangled in a web of a well-paying but boring office job, and April is a housewife still dwelling the demise of her hoped-for acting career. Determined to promote themselves as superior to the mediocre ways of suburbanites who surround them, they decide to move to Paris, France where they will be better able to develop true artistic senses and free of having submitted to capitalist America. As their relationship shifts into an endless cycle of nagging, jealousy and recriminations, their trip and their ambitious dreams of self-accomplishments are thrown into severs jeopardy. With so much uncertainty and emptiness, drastic decisions lead to drastic consequences.



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