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Revolutionary Road film review

Updated on May 18, 2017

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio star in Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in a reprisal of their teamwork in the movies (re Titanic). They now deserve to be featured in one of my hubs about "Actors Who Work Well Together". Kate Winslet is a great actress. See my review of The Reader also on HubPages. Leonardo Dicaprio also has wonderful talent as an actor.

In the film, Revolutionary Road, Kate Winslet once again gives a powerful performance with a lot of emotional depth. Leonardo DiCaprio does a great job in Revolutionary Road as well! This film follows the pair who play a married couple but the couple becomes jaded by the notion of married life that involves 'settling down'.

In Revolutionary Road, the characters that Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio play very convincingly are the married couple April Wheeler and Frank Wheeler of a suburban community.

April Wheeler and Frank Wheeler invested in a beautiful home in a quiet neighborhood to reside with their children, but their positive views about the prospect of living a charmed and quiet family life readily become thwarted. Instead, the ideas that enter their heads are more akin to posing questions such as: have they 'sold out' because life is no longer exciting enough and fly by the seat of their pants?

To the Wheelers, life has become too mundane and routine. To alleviate this feeling, the couple entertains the idea of going to the other extreme. They think that they are ready to pursue more adventure and excitement.

Revolutionary Road now on DVD

cover for the DVD release, image courtesy of imdb
cover for the DVD release, image courtesy of imdb

I quit!

Nudged by April, Frank actually announces his resignation notice from his good paying job. They decide to move to Paris and buy their tickets and everything!

Somehow, they think daily life in Paris will be much more exciting and all their problems will be solved. This impulsive decision seems to temporarily mask or put a veil over their marital problems for now. Nevertheless, in addition to being bored and restless, they do have the problem of infidelity. Frank nonchalantly cheats on April and she in turn cheats as well. Is it 'revenge' or something more?

Wishing to be extraordinary not ordinary

The notion of there being monotony and drudgery in April's and Frank's lives is highlighted in a scene where Frank is disembarking from the train that he takes for his daily commute to work. He is among many men who look similar, wearing practically the same suit style and walking in a crowd at the same pace. It is a poignant scene in Revolutionary Road.

Frank does not want to be one of the 'ordinary' workers. He feels like if he continues to be one of the ordinary workers, he'll be going nowhere in the cliche 'rat race'. He wants to stand out as an extraordinary person doing extraordinary things with his life. When Frank announces that he is quitting, he feels a sense of relief and enthusiasm to just be able to say that he is quitting his job and moving to Paris.

Some of his co-workers joke and dismiss him as if to say, "Yeah, right. You and the rest of us."

Meanwhile, April is getting very excited too. That is until she learns that she is pregnant. She feels that the pregnancy will hinder their fragile plans and does not even want to tell Leo at first. When she finally tells him about the pregnancy, he can't believe that she waited so long to let him know.


It is at this point in the movie Revolutionary Road that the main characters orchestrate even more acts of desperation. So much so, that the story becomes tragic. I will stop here as not to provide continuing spoilers but I do recommend this film. I, saw it only recently myself, having rented it from the Red Box. I rate it 3/5 stars.

Revolutionary Road Trailer

Revolutionary Road movie

  • Based on the novel by Richard Yates
  • Adapted to screenplay by screenwriter Justin Haythe
  • Directed by Sam Mendes
  • Starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Kathy Bates (who plays the Wheelers' realtor) is among the co-stars

Revolutionary Road first edition novel cover

1st edition novel cover, image courtesy of wikipedia
1st edition novel cover, image courtesy of wikipedia


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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for posting your nice comments, Nancy's Niche and awsydney!

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      awsydney 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I really enjoyed this movie. I thought Kate Winslet was outstanding and she really deserves her Oscar last year albeit for a different movie. Good one!

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      I like both of these stars and they do work well together. Another great romantic duo like Hepburn and Tracy…After reading your review I will definitely see the movie!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 8 years ago from USA

      Hi KCC, thanks for commenting. I'm glad that you liked the hub and that this is a movie you are interested in seeing. It's worth it.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      This is a movie I've been wanting to see for a long time. I read some interviews with Kate before it came out and I just knew it would be a great movie. I love the chemistry between her and Leonardo. In her interview she talked about how close they are and how her husband was directing this. I have to rent it! Great hub, thanks for not spoiling it.