It's 1955. Frank and April Wheeler, are in the 'seven year itch' of their marriage; they're not happy. April has forgone her dream of being an actress, and Frank hates his job. One day, April suggests they move to Paris as a means to rejuvenate their life.Written by
Kate Winslet first read the script in 2005, and immediately fell in love with it. She asked her husband, Sam Mendes, to direct, who initially hesitated, feeling that he had already tackled the subject of suburbia with American Beauty (1999). Kate then presented the script to Leonardo DiCaprio when out for coffee together; both in the habit of sending each other scripts to do together. At the Academy Awards in March 2007, after Leo had finished reading the script, Kate organised for the two of them to go out for drinks; sending Sam instead to discuss the film. A deal was made and filming began 10 weeks later. See more »
The masses of male commuters shown at the beginning all wear hats. In reality more than half of them would have been bareheaded. Ads by hat makers in the mid 1950s (see old Life magazine online, for example) were desperately pleading with men to go back to the custom of wearing a hat; I can also testify from personal memory that at that time in downtown Manhattan most men who worked in offices went about hatless. Had the scenes been set in winter, the men in overcoats etc, a few more head coverings would have been realistic. But not many. The mid-fifties, between the age of the hat and the age of the baseball cap, were the great age of bare-headedness.
The depiction of Grand Central station packed with uniform masses of office workers was itself unrealistic. Even during rush hour, any snapshot of the crowd there would have included a more heterogeneous crowd of people, different ages, different occupations, male and female. See more »
Winslet And Dicaprio Wage War With One Another Every Second of the Way Through
Without the great presence of Dicaprio and Winslet this film would seriously be at the level of a TV movie. Revolutionary Road is a film that certainly will not cheer you up. It is about a husband and wife who make an attempt at escaping there their "empty and hopeless" life. Or at least they create the delusion that they will.
In this film Winslet and Dicaprio are at the top of their games. Their feelings toward each other are complex and deranged. Their bitterness towards each other seems to disappear as the movie wears on but it does not. They simply put the bitterness they feel for each other in the back of their mind thinking it will go away and it may have. But when one key event takes place in the movie their bitterness evolves into hatred. Instead of continuing to fight the lie of what people think it means to lead a good life, which is what drew them to each other in the first place, they start to accept that lie causing them to drift apart in so many ways. Dicaprio and Winslet are one of the few that are able to so perfectly illustrate complexities such as this in relationships and marriage. Michael Shannon plays a very interesting role of a man considered crazy yet is the only one who agrees with the "emptyness and hopelessness" of their lives. He plays well but I feel as if something is missing from his character.
The directing of Sam Mendes is good in that the film brings you back in time. Yet the movie did not rise to what it could have been because of the writing. The film did not open up enough to fully capture the audience. The film stayed one gear and never seemed to switch off it. The couple of Winslet and Dicaprio seemed to be happy at one point but we barely get a glimpse of that. If the movie had started off on that and then switched over to its false hope and then depressing tone it would have greatly succeeded. Instead the movie becomes overly depressing and cynical not living up to its potential.
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