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Revolutionary Road


Revolutionary Road is not a movie that you watch for entertainment. Based in 1950s,  this story of the suburban couple April and Frank Wheeler, hits you below the belt.
Never having read the book, and just having heard about it, I stumbled on this movie on HBO. And I was gripped in 5 seconds. April , a desparate housewife, yearns to run away from the monotony of her surroundings.  Frank, stuck in a dead end job, tries to infuse some excitement in his life with a fling at work.April and Frank are ordinary people, who, like ordinary people believe that they have the potential to be special.April decides that the only way to get out of their stifling environment is to go to Paris – where she can support the family and Frank can discover his passion for whatever he is good at. Enamoured by this idea they start planning their life around Paris.Love is back in their marriage and they feel young and foolish again. Somehow, as an audience , you know that they will never make it Paris. Frank suddenly gets a lot of recognition at work and his job does not seem that hateful anymore. April conceives and that becomes a more obvious reason to not to go to Paris.

Both April and Frank are remarkably self-centered and both are in the illusion that they have sacrificed their lives for each other. April is convinced that Paris is what Frank needs and she has given up her steady neighbourhood so that he can live his dream. But as the movie progresses , you know its April who really wishes to be someone else and be somewhere else. Frank just adds to her guilt complex. Their meetings with the crazy neighbour only brings out the insanity in their lives.

The story is such a tragedy and there are scenes that are such remarkable representations of human nature. For example, the scene where April is apologizing to Frank about getting pregnant and telling him that she can get rid of it and it wont come in the way of his dreams. Or where Frank , when confessing his affair to April, makes it sound as if its her fault. The most moving scene of it all – when Frank suggests that April needs a shrink because of her obsession to go to Paris.

Kate Winslet is remarkable , though her American accent is not very convincing. I like the way she plays the role of the troubled April in such a calm and sophisitcated manner. I have been a huge Di Caprio fan since I watched Blood Diamond. With age his boyish looks have gone giving his features a hard-edged quality – which are ideal for this role. His acting is obviously incredible.

Verdict : I recommend this movie if you are willing to get out of your daily comfort zone and think


Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

7 thoughts on “Revolutionary Road

  1. yes, its indeed a tragic and serious movie. But I liked Leonardo and Kate’s performance a lot though.

  2. I watched this on HBO recently… probably we watched it at the same time 🙂 Its a one time watch, i think… and kinda sad… gets a little slow at the end. I found the last few moments of the movie unreasonable. Otherwise… liked it 🙂

  3. I’d like to see this sometime–I’ve heard mixed things about it, though I think I’ll read the books first since I have it on my TBR pile.

  4. Zoya – I agree with you that the performances were fantastic. I generally believe that good actors bring a lot of class to the movie
    Radhika – We did probably watch it the same time. Its too depressing to be watched again :). I was wondering why you thought it was unreasonable and I am guessing coz we live such different lives that we cant at some level relate to why people do certain things
    Danielle – Its not a happy movie for sure so I guess one needs to prepare oneself to watch this. I haven’t read the book but I have heard its one of those modern classics

  5. I bought this DVD as soon as it came out.. but I havent been able to watch it a second time… one because it was tragic and then may be we need to read that stage in life to fully comprehend mid life crisis…
    Good post… reminded me of the fact that I picked up the DVD once upon a time

  6. ooo I’ll have to see this one!

  7. Priyanka – I dont think I could watch it a second time. Not leaves a deep enough mark.
    Patty – yes you must. Its not entertaining but still gripping

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