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Revolutionary Road film review

Updated on March 22, 2012

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.

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

The characters that Kate and Leo play are April and Frank Wheeler. They invest in a beautiful home in a quiet neighborhood to reside with their children, but their views become thwarted. Have they 'sold out' because life is no longer excited and fly by the seat of their pants? To them life has become too mundane and routine. To alleviate this feeling, they entertain the idea of going to the other extreme.

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 put a veil over their marital problems for now. 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 their lives is highlighted in a scene where Frank is disembarking from the train that he takes to 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.

Frank does not want to be one of the 'ordinary' workers. He wants to stand out as an extraordinary person doing extraordinary things with his life. When he announces it, he feels a sense of relief and enthusiasm to just be able to say 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 she waited so long to let him know.

That is when more acts of desperation ensue. 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

  • 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

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


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      KCC Big Country 7 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.

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      Nyesha Pagnou, MPH 7 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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      Nancy's Niche 7 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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      awsydney 7 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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      Nyesha Pagnou, MPH 6 years ago from USA

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

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