Movie Review #693
DreamWorks Pictures presents…
…in association with BBC Films & Goldcrest Pictures…
Distributor: DreamWorks Distribution – Paramount Vantage
Country: USA – UK
Spoken Languages: English
Directed by Sam Mendes. Produced by Bobby Cohen, John N. Hart, Sam Mendes, and Scott Rudin. Screenplay by Justin Haythe. Based on the novel by Richard Yates.
Rated R by the MPAA — profanity, infrequent sexual content, infrequent nudity. Runs 1 hour, 59 minutes. Los Angeles, California premiere on December 15, 2008. Limited release in the USA on December 26, 2008. Wide release in the USA on January 23, 2009; and in the UK on January 30, 2009.
Starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. Also starring David Harbour, Kathy Bates, Richard Easton, Kathryn Hahn, Zoe Kazan, Dylan Baker, Keith Reddin, Ryan Simpkins, Ty Simpkins, Max Casella, Max Baker, Jay O. Sanders, Michael Shannon, Duffy Jackson, Kristen Connolly, and John Behlmann. Featuring credited cameo appearances by Catherine Curtin, Dan Da Silva, Jon Sampson, Peter Barton, Kevin Barton, Evan Covey, Dylan Clark Marshall, Chandler Vinton, Dan Zanes, Vince Giordano, Jon Kelso, Andrew Burton, Will Sanderson, and Alex Hoffman. Also featuring uncredited cameo appearances by Paul Rocco Arnato, David Campbell, Peter Conboy, Jay Ferraro, Henning Fischer, David Gere, Rob L. Hubbard, Mark A. Langston, Sean Marrinan, Jared Morrison, Vladimir Troitsky, and Jon Yvon.
The title “Revolutionary Road” comes with a double meaning. Frank and April Wheeler (Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Wheeler) live at 112 Revolutionary Rd. They’re also desperate for change, and finally doing something about it. Their plan is to move to Paris with their kids, where she’ll work as a secretary, while he studies at home. Not for any particular reason, except that it’s been their dream to do so. The plan is just as appealing as it is childish, but to the Wheelers, it’s just a good idea. Their move is two months away, and they have to hope that in that time, life does not interfere.
If there’s anything that says just why “Revolutionary Road” is such a great movie, it’s the fact that it’s not simply an opportunity to reunite the couple a decade after “Titanic”. In fact this is the much belated follow-up to “Titanic”. The relationship between DiCaprio and Winslet is terribly, sometimes agonizingly, convincing. Their conversational and argumentative dialogue reflect not a modern drama but a 1950s melodrama. Richard Yates’s 1961 debut novel is adapted terrifically by Justin Haythe, and in delivering it, the performances DiCaprio and Winslet give are powerhouse.
Sam Mendes directed “Revolutionary Road” as a brisk movie that’s as atmospheric as the season of spring. His movie looks beautiful and sounds beautiful, thanks to Roger Deakins’s cinematography and Thomas Newman’s riveting musical score. But this 1955-laden drama really succeeds in its surprisingly honest approach to a romance. The movie is rather unconventional. Even its ending, where it falls flat, is something completely new. It’s as if this fresh masterpiece was created out of thin air. Better yet, not once does “Revolutionary Road” lose our attention.
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD IS AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY AND DVD.
Hit the jump for an announcement regarding the 2nd Annual Cinemaniac Awards:
Jennifer Lawrence has won 2014’s Cinemaniac Award for Best Supporting Actress of the Year, for her performance in American Hustle. I’ll give my “reverse acceptance speech” in the likeness of Alfred Hitchcock: She was stellar. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s announcement for Best Lead Actor.