One Minute Review: Revolutionary Road (2008)

Release Date
December 26, 2008
Director
Sam Mendes
Screenplay
Justin Haythe
Based On The Novel By
Richard Yates
Cinematography By
Roger Deakins
Distributed By
DreamWorks Pictures
Paramount Vantage
Budget
$35 million
Drama, Romance
Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity
119 minutes

Revolutionary Road

Not much can be said for a film involving its main characters screaming at each other for a majority of the run-time, but at least with “Revolutionary Road” is picked some of the most talented and attractive actors to do the screaming. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are reunited as man and wife in this 60’s novel adaptation about a couple that would just as much torment one another with constant fights than to live a meaningful and separate life.

The leads are powerful, with Winslet looking the best she’s ever been, while DiCaprio rides the fine line between the amazing actor he will become and the childish, tween star we knew from “Titanic” and “Catch Me If You Can”. Kathy Bates also delivers a fine performance, but it’s the Academy Award nominated Michael Shannon that steals the show in the very short time that he graces the screen. A huge fan of Shannon’s, I found his character immensely fleshed out and realized for someone barely involved in the plot and his portion becomes the most memorable moments of the film (apart from the dark conclusion and constant yelling).

There’s a poetry somewhere immersed in “Revolutionary Road” and Sam Mendes, along with Roger Deakins, do their best to emphasis that, but when you dislike both characters and their motives, or lack thereof, it becomes really hard to invest. As epic a drama as it is, the film falls short of being a classic.

 

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