Thursday 25 February 2010

Revolutionary Road...

Not got a lot to say about this one, but while it doesn't quite have the conviction and razor-sharp style of American Beauty (also by Sam Mendes), it's still a showcase of brilliant acting talent in the form of DiCaprio and Winslet, who both shred any 'back together since Titanic' illusions of rose-tinted love-ins. Instead you've got a complex relationship between two young married suburbanites who aspired to greater things but never succeeded - thus becoming trapped within the staid world of 1950s suburban living. Swinging in the blink of an eye between that original spark of love glimpsed in the opening moments of the film, and moments of abject hatred glimpsed mere minutes into the film in a stark change of pace, the film unfortunately never finds top gear. It's a good film, but it's not a great one. The central performances are great, they really are, and the direction is intelligent ... but there's just that something special missing from Revolutionary Road.

Still, if you dig the work of any or all of the central figures involved, it's certainly worth seeing.

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