Revolutionary Road Film Review
Directed by Sam Mendes
Released in 2008
A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates.
Two aspirational young people spot each other at a party and discover that they have enough in common and see enough in each other to start living the American Dream!
April (Winslett) is an aspiring actress who sees in Frank (DiCaprio) a spark that doesn't exist in every other Joe. He has hopes and dreams that match her own and will hopefully ensure that the pair do not slump in to the humdrum of 'normal' life. But quickly the dream starts to disappear as marriage, children and the easiness of April being a home mum and Frank working at the company that his father was a lifer at, becomes reality.
After celebrating his 30th Birthday by cheating on his wife, Frank is amazed, but rejuvenated by April's idea to move to Paris, a destination he has visited and loved. From here in we see the couple rediscover their love for each other and what they were actually all about. This decision shocks and confuses all of their friends and Frank's workmates who are resigned to being what society expects them to be. It is interesting to see that this decision is only confirmed by by John,the son of thei realtor, a man who has been undergoing electric shock therapy for pyschological problems.
After getting everything prepared to leave for Paris, a series of events transpires to test Frank's resolve and really ask him if he has the balls to to do the right thing. An offer of a job promotion and April falling pregnant makes Frank change his mind about the move and pushes April to consider drastic choices to make the move more palatable. April's idea to perform a self abortion push Frank over the edge and open April's eyes to see that Frank won't make the move.
Again we encounter John, who at their second dinner party exposes Frank to himself and shows him up for the man he really is at this time, instead of the man he has been trying to sell to everyone else.
This leads to a tragic ending for the couple of betrayal, acceptance and ultimately death.
A brilliant slice of behind closed doors life, and a film where anyone who has lived with a partner can nod and understand both sides. A wonderfully sculpted story, beautifully and sensitively acted by a pair of actors at the height of their powers.