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Revolutionary Road [DVD] [2008]
Revolutionary Road [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frank and April Wheeler have inadvertently become the conformist suburbanites they once sneered at ..., 14 April 2012
Frank and April Wheeler have inadvertently become the conformist suburbanites they once sneered at, and when a planned escape to a new life in Paris falls through, the cracks in their already strained marriage are yanked wide open. Like the superior book on which it is based, Revolutionary Road focuses heavily on the destructive and bleaker aspects of human relationships, and the disintegration of the traditional American Dream as the 1960s approached.

Director Sam Mendes, himself no stranger to movies about disillusionment behind white picket fences (see: American Beauty), was a canny choice of director for this film. The 1950s setting is splendidly pulled off (it's odd how jarring it already is to watch people openly smoke in offices) - visually, this is one of Hollywood's strongest period pieces since LA Confidential.

There's also a chance that Mendes' presence behind the camera brought out the best in (his then-partner) Kate Winslet. Winslet, already a fine actress with a string of notable performances, puts in a career best display here as April Wheeler. April's frustrations and swallowed anger are never overplayed by Winslet, yet still stick in the viewer's mind hours, even days after the credits have rolled. It's a subtle, controlled and wrenching turn by one of the best mainstream British actresses in some years.

Not for the first time, she overshadows a slightly average Leonardo DiCaprio (playing Frank Wheeler). It's by no means a weak performance by DiCaprio, but he struggles to keep up with his prodigious co-lead. Kathy Bates as the interfering Mrs. Givings is typically impressive.

Pacing is gradual and generally well-judged, and although the film lacks the emotional nuances and textures of Richard Yates' original novel, that says more about the remarkable quality and insight of Yates' writing than any failing on the part of the film. In my mind, the odd middling performance aside, this is the best possible Revolutionary Road film that could have been made.


Homegirl!
Homegirl!
by Ryder Collins
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.17

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty, funny, shocking, then dirty again, 23 Sep 2011
This review is from: Homegirl! (Paperback)
Dirty, funny, shocking, then dirty again, Homegirl! will stun, titillate, thrill, flash its underwear, break hearts, and knock teeth out. This, in short, is a book that doesn't hold back. It's a punchy, brutal tale, and it sweeps the reader along at a breakneck pace. That said, it's also a book with a huge, bloody heart at its core. It's insightful and immediately recognisable to anyone familiar with the scars left by a relationship. It dissects human insecurities and foibles with jarring accuracy. And it effortlessly pulls off one of the most audacious narrative tricks I've ever encountered in a book. This is an essential read, and Ryder Collins is a new voice to cherish.
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