This week I saw ‘Revolutionary Road’ a film based on the novel by Richard Yates. It is directed by Sam Mendes who is best known for ‘American Beauty’. Like ‘American Beauty’ the film looks at life in suburbia but this time in the 1950s.
It is 1955, and Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet (yep, the tragic ‘Titanic’ sweethearts are re-united) are Frank and April Wheeler, a handsome couple with two children who live in a lovely suburban home near New York. Frank works for a computer company; April was once an actress who abandoned these ambitions to be a wife and mother. The catalyst for change is Frank’s upcoming 30th birthday and April’s humiliating experience in amateur theatricals as it brings on a quarter-life crisis for them both. They decide to throw in their conventional boring life and move to Paris where April will get a well paid secretarial job and support Frank while he figures out what he really wants to do with his life.
‘Revolutionary Road’ is a really well-made movie. The cinematography is beautiful, and the soundtrack by Thomas Newman (American Beauty) is rich and haunting. DiCaprio and Winslet pour their hearts into their characters, and their performances are outstanding. However, the characters are completely self-absorbed and really, nothing much happens. I’m afraid I found ‘Revolutionary Road’ excruciatingly boring!