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