REVOLUTIONARY ROAD - on the highway to greatness! GRADE: A-PLUS

Written January 13, 2009
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the advance press screening of this EXCELLENTLY made/acted 2-hr mid-50s period movie starring Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kathy Bates. Excellent screenplay by Justin Haythe based on Richard Yates' 1961 novel, wonderful direction by Sam Mendes, mood-setting cinematography by Roger Deakins, and impeccably edited by Tariq Anwar, STUPENDOUS emotionally-stirring NATURAL award-winning acting by the gifted TALENTED ensemble. The movie captured the 50s perfectly - costumes, furniture, furnishings, hairstyles, vehicles, etc. SUPERB attention to details. The palette is truly 50s. Major themes - advent of women's lib./independence/role-consciousness, women's reproductive choice, role expectations, sanctity of marriage, fidelity, love/lust, conformity to societal norms and their subsequent breakdowns, importance of family, etc. VERDICT: A Must-See for the serious movie-goer. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Not appropriate for kids/children.
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Revolutionary Road

By millerjosh
Written January 14, 2009
Intense movie with great acting. Couple funny twists in an otherwise serious drama.
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Book is sweeter

By sesabebop
Written January 13, 2009
The movie adaption did not do this story any justice. That said, the movie was very good and the actors were wonderful. I just didn't feel that it translated onto the screen very well....even though they decided to use much of the dialogue verbatim. The main character, Frank, played by Dicaprio was so much more complicated in the book which unless they had decided to use narration would have been diffcult to transmit into the medium of film. However, in my opinion, other characters were perfectly cast including Shep and Milly and John Givings. It's a movie worth seeing for sure....but it was a bit awkward at times and it makes the Frank character seem shallow and the April character as simply a crazy brooding housewife...and she was more complex than that in the book as well. The movie is worth seeing, but the book is incredible.
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By mirra
Written January 13, 2009
Beautiful movie, exploring the complex human relationships and emotions... Kate is amazing and so deserved her Golden Globe for best actress.
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Wrong Revolution

By Iseeeverymovie
Written January 13, 2009
Great acting, so-so setting, something wrong with the story. It does not catch the era as well as it should. I think I blame the screen play and the art direction. We were saying the lines before the actors said them and we knew what was going to happen way too soon before it happened. Nice win at the Golden Globes for Winslet and nice acting by everyone, but somehow not on the target. ISEEEVERYMOVIE
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