But I do recommend Revolutionary Road, I really thought it's a small masterpiece and will get more recognition in the future I hope. Feeling we are meant or destined for something greater, yet paradoxically feeling the doubt and insecurity in ourselves to really go after it. This is a new height for him, and easily the greatest acting of his career. Living his pain, resentment, and the sm? DiCaprio and Winslet's chemistry was once again flawless, I honestly felt like I was watching a 50's suburban couple fighting about normal, every day problems, no scripts. Leonardo Dicaprio plays Frank with such intensity, with such force. In such a farce, the luxury of the intense performances given by Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are outrageously wasted. Instead of being simply entertaining, it achieves what not many films these days do.
When circumstances change around the Wheelers, April. He makes mistakes and is almost embarrassingly human. Kate's character, April, is receiving a lot of hate, but honestly I couldn't hate her, how could you? The lighting, colors, sets, scenes, costumes, everything is extremely well done. They talk about how their lives are going to be extraordinary and they are going to be different. Frank commutes to New York City where he works in an office job while April stays at home as a housewife. Oh there were emotions, but the characters were not believable, and worse there was no attempt to make it so. Frank and April Wheeler, in the seventh year of their marriage, have fallen into a life that appears to most as being perfect.
But in being so probably rightly concerned about being true to the source material, the film somehow comes up a little flat as a film going experience, a sort of American Beauty without the crucial stylistic bells and whistles. You have the odd one person who seems to be at odds with societies norms, the office workaday non-person who is at odds with his wife, and a really very odd almost crazy person in the mix who really makes the most sense. This film shows us just how wrong something right can be, as well as how right something wrong can be. They simply put the bitterness they feel for each other in the back of their mind thinking it will go away and it may have. Kate Winslet plays April Wheeler with a sharp fervor. DiCaprio and Winslet give powerhouse performances.
How many of us in those years simply packed our dreams away for the immediate necessity of putting food on the table and paying the mortgage? Frank Leonardo DiCaprio works in the city, is unhappy with his job and bored with his life. Richard Yates gives us the story of Frank and April Wheeler, the seemingly perfect suburbia couple. Frank and April Wheeler, in the seventh year of their marriage, have fallen into a life that appears to most as being perfect. Yet children are a part of any family, and we can't know the family without knowing the joys and trials of these most vulnerable members. Sam Mendes certainly did his job well here. I don't think he really can, he needs to use cinematic tricks and devices to inject resonance, the same resonance Yates achieves with that turn of phrase.
We all have had things not go our way from time to time, but it's up to us to make the best from it and move on. When circumstances change around the Wheelers, April. April Kate Winslet finds unreserved determination to leave to Paris and although her character seems at times erratic, we gradually come to understand that she is in fact the stronger personality of the two; she truly finds change favorable, whereas Frank Leonardo DiCaprio seems to find the idea of change more flattering than change itself. However, this movie will tear out the heart of the people that have been in a relationship that has gone sour and were powerless to stop it. Instead of continuing to fight the lie of what people think it means to lead a good life, which is what drew them to each other in the first place, they start to accept that lie causing them to drift apart in so many ways.
How does a director set about depicting or capturing this visually? A sad and bitter end an almost nonredeemable situation. Frank commutes to New York City where he works in an office job while April stays at home as a housewife. April has forgone her dream of becoming an actress, and Frank hates his job - one where he places little effort - although he has never figured out what his passion in life is. The couple of Winslet and Dicaprio seemed to be happy at one point but we barely get a glimpse of that. Feeling we are meant or destined for something greater, yet paradoxically feeling the doubt and insecurity in ourselves to really go after it.
They create an intensity in their arguments that is electric and palpable. They feel that they are unique and special, but trapped in the conformity of life in the suburbs, where they moved to raise their children. However, if you are willing to deal with a bit of stark reality - this is the movie for you. The film did not open up enough to fully capture the audience. She is angry, depressed and intensely believes she and Frank are destined for something greater than a life of conformity in the burbs. So he was just a man in a cubicle. The film beautifully explores the emotion and characters of a loving couple in crisis when both realized that they had fallen into domesticity and might be missing out on life or maybe not.
I must mention that the supporting roles in this movie are nothing to sneeze at as well. He makes mistakes and is almost embarrassingly human. April has forgone her dream of becoming an actress, and Frank hates his job - one where he places little effort - although he has never figured out what his passion in life is. She gives the best female performance of the year, and I truly hope she finally wins the Oscar she deserves. Michael Shannon shinned in his role as the clinically insane son of Kathy Bates character; John Givings. Kate Winslett said afterward that interestingly it was she who had brought the book and the project to her husband, not vice versa and that it took some consideration for Sam Mendes to convince himself that he hadn't already told this story before, and by the final credits, I too was thinking just that, it felt like I'd watched a prequel to American Beauty, but without the pizazz and the rapture and the delight.
One day, April suggests that they move to Paris - a city where Frank visited during the war and loved, but where April has never been - as a means to rejuvenate their life. Initially skeptical, Frank ultimately agrees to April's plan. The great cast of neighbors enliven the story. They create an intensity in their arguments that is electric and palpable. Bates and Shannon both deliver humorous scenes to this heavy storyline, although there are times when you see the sadness and desperation in their characters as well.
Their feelings toward each other are complex and deranged. They live in the Connecticut suburbs with two young children. Leo DiCaprio uses his expressive face to brilliant effect as Frank. This film is reality in its purest, yet magnificently artistic form? And once you identify with the characters, their lives become the vehicle for the tone and message of the work. April has forgone her dream of being an actress, and Frank hates his job. You may not necessarily relate to the characters yourself, but you can respect that their are people like this all the time, in everyday life still, that have problems they go through.