Full Movie Reviews
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 01/12/2012
Frank Wheeler (Leonardo DiCaprio) meets April (Kate Winslet) at a party. April and Frank move to a suburban area after marriage. They become friends with Helen Givings (Kathy Bates) and her husband Howard, and neighbor Milly Campbell (Kathryn Hahn) and her husband Shep (David Harbour). April discusses with Frank about living and Paris. Frank agrees but ironically he is being promoted in his work at Knox. He and April have arguments about each other, plans and marriage.
Themes of matrimonial complexities, relationships, honesty and conformity were depicted well. False expectations were likewise represented on the beautiful picture. Its special features show how the authenticity was brought to life and how well planned the crew was. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet were …
Sam - wrote on 08/01/2010
this is one of my favourite books (i've just decided) ... and the movie is pretty faithful to it ... even though it is set in the 1950's, the concepts are timeless and that's what appeals to me ...
two things that this story prods me about ... have a bloody good reason for following the crowd or do the work to head the other way ... be careful because it's so very easy to hurt the one you love
i've actually given the movie 3 stars - a solid effort but not remarkable ...
mendes authentically recreates that era for the viewer and the imagery supports the "one of the crowd" theme really well ...
i just don't know about di caprio's performance - he does the job but i'm not sure he has the range to tackle this role fully ...
the other half a star is because of kate alone - …
PsychoKing1227 - wrote on 08/04/2009
Truly wonderful and outstandingly brilliant, "Revolutionary Road" brings all facets of marriage, love, relationships, children, disappointment, and realizations to the forefront of the lives of Frank and April Wheeler, two mediocre citizens of a suburban nightmare.
While at once tackling the complex romance-lessness of marriage, this film also expresses a yearning for greatness...something to be remembered about. Who among us do not feel like the man or woman of this couple sometime in our romantic lives?
Sam Mendes [aka Mr. Kate Winselt] brings a vividly stunning cinematographer with an outstanding screenwriter and three of the greatest screen talents alive today and melds them together with relative simplicity and ease. Michael Shannon's outstanding performance left me in …
Essi Suomela - wrote on 04/05/2009
Sam Mendes is at his best with this kind of subject matter. Revolutionary Road is probably his best work since American Beauty, although I loved JarHead as well. I was deeply moved by this movie and it was extremely pressing for me. I felt almost nauseous at the movie theatre at times. It was very tragic, but sadly so true. Revolutionary road has a great cast and Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have amazing chemistry on screen as we have seen before in Titanic over ten years ago. I was actually thinking that this movie is almost like sequel to Titanic. What if Jack wouldnt have died? I also want to give extra credit for Michael Shannon, who well deserved his Oscar nomination. In this world where societies norms dictate how people live their lives the only sane person was the the crazy …
Ichabod Crane - wrote on 02/13/2009
A fairly interesting film with good performances and great looking cinematography. It is miserable people being miserable and that it is interesting to watch just to see where it goes, although I dislike the fact that it skips over any happiness they might have ever had, but whatever. Anyways almost interesting enough to watch one time, I do not see why you would want to watch this again. It is not all that creative though because the people arguing all the time has been done in many many films before and it is not really more interesting than a stock action scene. Also the emptiness found in normal people is just annoying, some filmmakers need to give it a break.
Oscar Nominee Best Supporting Actor Michael Shannon 2/5- A part that is a bit much to begin with and a forced plot …
Alex - wrote on 02/02/2009
I had pretty high expectations from this movie. Mostly stemming from Mendes amazing work on several films (his best being American Beauty). This is not as good, but is still damn good none the less. I also really want to see it for Kate and Leo, back together.
For those of you who feel that marriage without a fight exists, this movie may not be for you. For those who feel that marriage is the same in the 50's as it is today may not enjoy this film. For those of you who really want a satisfying love story, this is not for you.
This movie is about the growth of suburbia, the American Dream, being stuck in a trap, and wanting something that most people don't want for decades later. I really enjoyed this movie and only time will tell how good it is to me.
The movie starts out …
patjohnson76 - wrote on 01/14/2009
A pretty disappointing film. I knew going in it wasn't going to be a happy movie but I was determined not to let that bother me. Unfortunately, I couldn't really get into these characters.
One of the biggest problems is the dialogue. What probably worked fine in print doesn't come off well on screen. Every now and then Kate and Leo spout off some melodramatic monologue that isn't the slightest bit realistic. The script also suffers because there's no balance - everyone on screen is miserable.
Kate and Leo start screaming at each other 5 minutes in and it doesn't let up until 2 hours later when the credits roll. It was impossible to feel sympathy for either of these two because we don't see how they got to this point, other than a couple throwaway lines. Also, I'm not sure …
Franz Patrick - wrote on 01/07/2009
Even though “Revolutionary Road” is set in the 1950’s, it’s still very relevant today. Directed with such skill by Sam Mendes (”American Beauty,” “Road to Perdition,” “Jarhead”), he tells the story in a non-linear fashion and it works because the audiences are asked to immediately contrast how the couple was like when they met and after they’ve been together for a couple of years. I will be surprised if Leonardo DiCaprio and/or Kate Winslet do not get nominated for an Oscar. Even though I don’t think this is DiCaprio’s best performance, I think this is one of his most mature and he deserves to be recognized. It’s about time he wins an Oscar for consistently giving us characters that are both memorable and worth caring for. Winslet is magnificient in every …
Allison - wrote on 12/30/2008
There is one spoiler in the review and it is noted.
Overall, disappointing: 61/100. This movie likes to take jumps in time. The problem is that this movie wants to be Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf at times. Kate & Leo seemed to be overacting, both of them trying for that impossible Oscar. It also makes Kate & Leo's relationship to be turbulent. One moment you think they're going to strangle each other or at least be perpetually unhappy, and the next moment they are over the moon to the point where you become overly hopeful for them.
Then of course, things take yet another crazy turn at the end. You're left wondering how you got there. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the romanticism of Titanic, even though I was never the world's biggest fan of the movie.
While the writing was …