ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Revolutionary Road In Review

Updated on May 10, 2011

What is your favorite Leonardo Dicaprio movie?

See results

I Should've Skipped It

Over the weekend, I went to see a preview showing of the new Kate Winslet/Leonardo DiCaprio movie, Revolutionary Road. Like many people who went to see Titanic, I always wanted to see Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio work together again. When I heard that they were going to be in the film adaptation of Richard Yates's novel, I anxiously awaited its release. Watching the movie, I was thirteen again and kept picturing them as Jack and Rose. To use a cliche, their chemistry is palpable. Aside from a few wrinkles on Winslet's face that I'll chalk up to her smoking, it's uncanny how untouched by time they are. Returning to twenty-four, I started to pay attention to the current movie.

Revolutionary Road is the story of a young (late twenties/early thirties) couple, April (Winslet) and Frank (DiCaprio) Wheeler, from Connecticut who seem to lose their passion for life and for each other when they are sucked into the routine of suburban life. April, who once dreamt of becoming an actress, is now a stifled housewife. Frank, who dreamt of a more exotic life, has become a company man like his late father. The reviews I had read about the film said that it was two great performances and a few good scenes, but a very poor movie. I thought that the reviewers were too harsh, until yesterday.

Though I sense the movie is supposed to feel uneven because of the story line, the extent of it is too much to handle. Yes, Winslet and DiCaprio do turn in some good performances. However, you never believe for a second that this is real. You are aware at all times that they are actors playing roles. You can almost see the script on the side of the screen. "At this point, Leo throws a glass and screams loudly about not feeling like a man." " At this point, Kate looks disoriented and cries like women do when they feel...well...disoriented." From the beginning, you know that their plans are going to go down the tubes. From the moment Kathy Bates's character says she has a son (played to insane perfection by Michael Shannon), you know that he's going to cause trouble. It felt like the director, Winslet's husband, Sam Mendes, gave each actor an emotion to portray and forbad them to use more than that one. It's a waste of time and money to watch a movie where the actors are trying so hard to play to the writer's description of the character and the director's view of the character that they don't even attempt to make the character feel human.

Kate Winslet has said repeatedly in interviews for this movie that she waited for the right project to come along for her to work with DiCaprio again. Though she clearly felt that this was the right project, I wish she had waited a little longer. It was a waste of their talent. Plain and simple.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • LowellWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      L.A. Walsh 

      8 years ago from Lowell, MA

      I'll have to give it another look. Thank you for reading my review. :)

    • VIESONIA profile image


      8 years ago from san antonio, tx

      I read the book long before I saw the movie, and for me, each character came to life exactly as my minds eye viewed them in this movie... I mean right on target! And something must be said to how the conformist 50s seemed scripted altogether... it seemed like a telling point. However, I also viewed this movie with no expectations from the chemistry Winslet/Dicaprio had from Titanic... And, even though I think the book was much better (that usually is the case isn't it) I think it was a stand alone movie that did have a Golden Globe performance by Winslet... Certainly worth a watch at least once...

    • Nikgigmatc profile image


      9 years ago

      I completley agree with your feelings on this movie but I am very happy that Kate won the the golden globe for her work in this movie. In my opinion she is a wonderful actress.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)