I just finished watching “Revolutionary Road” and I think it’s one of the absolutely saddest movies I have ever seen. There is not a moment of hope in this movie; even the beginning, when we first meet Frank and April and watch their romance begin, it is interrupted by a violent argument they have later in their marriage. It paints a bleak portrait, but at the same time, there were so many things about it that rang true. The arguments that Frank and April had, how they had become so blind to the pain they were causing one another, were so realistic that it was painful to watch.
I thought that I was going to think Titanic the whole movie, but it could not have possibly been farther from the truth. I didn’t see Kate Winslet or Leonardo DiCaprio. I saw April and Frank; the actors wholly embodied their characters. It was really amazing.
The score and soundtrack were perfect. I am definitely going to be purchasing that in the future.
I have two main complaints about this movie. First, where were the children? They were conveniently absent from almost all the scenes and I would have liked to see a little bit more involvement from them. Also, I never felt sorry for the characters. I don’t know if I was supposed to. April and Frank were the agents of their undoing and they both made terrible decisions and treated each other terribly.
I was putting off reading this novel because it didn’t necessarily sound like something I would love. I think now, after watching the movie, I’d like to read the book because according to a few reviews I’ve read, there is so much more sympathy for the characters.
I agree most wholeheartedly with Mark Adams of the Sunday Mirror:
You come out knowing you have seen some great performances, brilliant direction and beautiful cinematography, but it is just not a film you love.
That’s pretty much spot-on. DiCaprio and Winslet did an unbelievable job. The movie was beautiful, the music beautiful, but I can’t recommend this movie or tell you that I like it. Instead it just made me angry and sad.