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Revolutionary Road

Set in 1955, this movie is about a couple who seems perfect to everyone around them, but behind closed doors they are completely disillusioned with their lives. It’s about unfulfilled dreams, the desperation of watching your life pass you by, the feeling of being trapped in a life you really don’t want. One of the most interesting characters is an inmate from an insane asylum, who isn’t afraid to challenge the façade of the “happy” couple.

Kate Winslett and Leonardo DiCaprio both give fine performances, despite a somewhat awkward script. Kathy Bates is perfect in her supporting role.

This is not a Leave It To Beaver version of the 50’s. Lots of drinking and smoking (even while pregnant, which was common then), foul language, extra marital shenanigans, and a hard look at what choices were available to women. Anyone who thinks a woman should be content with a lovely little suburban house with a white picket fence, 2 kids, and a husband who brings home the bacon needs to see this movie – the dark side of the fairy tale.

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It really reminded me of a different movie - 21 Grams.

Not the content or characters, but the feeling that the sum of the performances was greater than the weight of the movie itself.

I thought everybody in Rev Road was very, very good. Winslet has now emerged as one fo the finest actors of her generation with this effort, The Reader and another gem, Little Children.

Eveybody was very good, but in the end... it was not one of the great flicks of all time, the script was not quite up to the power of the performances.

Still, I'd recommend it.

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