3/12/2009

Movie Review: Revolutionary Road (2008)


Despite the unglamorous suburban story setting, Revolutionary Road is a very interesting movie with great acting performances by Kate Winslett and Leonardo DiCaprio.

I was gripped by the film's pace and story that even though I watched the 11:15pm screening after playing basketball for three hours, I never slept a wink. Revolutionary Road is that good.

But I think I'm a bit biased because I fit the target demographic in which the film can have the maximum impact: the 25-35 crowd and/or folks who have families and/or folks who are undergoing a quarter-life crisis.

The story is about the perennial dilemma of pursuing one's dreams versus maintaining a stable family life. April Wheeler (Kate Winslet) had dreamt of becoming an actress but her domestic life with husband Frank (Leonardo Di Caprio) had mired her in "hopeless emptiness." Their family gets a crack at breaking free of the vicious cycle of boredom until a series of events derails their plans and grounds them almost permanently to suburbia. April resents the whole situation and copes in a very dysfunctional manner.

The film is thought-provoking and it made me think about my own personal life, in terms of my life goals and the idea of "settling down." Revolutionary Road is one of the best films I've watched so far this year.


Rating: 5/5


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