Revolutionary Road (2008)
Critic Consensus: Brilliantly acted and emotionally powerful, Revolutionary Road is a handsome adaptation of Richard Yates' celebrated novel.
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Critic Reviews for Revolutionary Road
Mendes has made a troubling film that wrestles with big themes and touchy subjects, even if it is set in an overly familiar milieu.
Bolstered by Thomas Newman's score, spot-on set design and the brilliant source material, "Revolutionary Road" is a darkly effective portrait of an Eisenhower-era couple who fall tragically short of reaching Camelot.
This is a sobering, well-observed film that doesn't fully hit the mark but sets up enough pleasing ideas to chew on regarding ambition, marriage and ideals of how to live one's life, individually and as a couple.
If Revolutionary Road had been filmed back in 1961, when the novel came out, it would have been timely and powerful.
Bitter, nerve-wracking, ugly and relentless, Revolutionary Road is Big Drama done right, a mesmerizing look at desperate lives, wrong moves and spoiled dreams that hits hard right from the beginning and never lets up.
Audience Reviews for Revolutionary Road
Sam Mendes' 'Revolutionary Road' is a great movie in a lot of ways. The acting from its stars is incredibly powerful, Deaken's cinematography is graceful, and the story carries some considerable emotional weight. But 'Revolutionary Road' has a story that still feels unoriginal and sounds like a bore on paper. Entertainment value may be lost on great cinematic value, but what this film sets out to do, it does so so superbly.
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio's performances are better than the movie itself. The movie is problematic, but these are one of the two greatest actors at their most emotional and rawest moment. I would say that the cinematography is picture-perfect.
Although flawed, this is an immensely powerful and moving film, thanks to outstanding acting, directing and intensely atmospheric cinematography. Mendes, Winslet and DiCaprio all outdo themselves here, and a typically understated and poignant score from Thomas Newman wraps the whole thing up.
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