Revolutionary Road Movie Review
Revolutionary Road, directed by Sam Mendes, is about a couple set in the mid-50’s. They are stuck in the stereotypical suburban lifestyle and cannot seem to find their way out. Frank Wheeler, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is a salesman in Manhattan who “takes solace in feeling superior to his work, and also his midday martinis and occasional dip into the secretarial pool” (Gleiberman). April Wheeler, played by Kate Winslet, is a house-wife that (feels she’s meant for higher things” (Gleiberman). When their escape plans to get out of suburbia are shattered with the help of John Givings, played by Michael Shannon, their mirage of a perfect lifestyle takes a turn for the worst. This film serves as a warning to suburban husbands and wives. Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly, Richard Roeper, and Jonathon Crawford would all agree that Revolutionary Road is a dark, depressing film that constantly leaves you awestruck with its outstanding performances.
Owen Gleiberman sums up Revolutionary Road as “lavishly dark.” He feels that Sam Mendes does a great job of adapting the 1961 novel by Richard Yates. In his review, Owen Gleiberman interprets the suburbs at Frank and April Wheeler live in a state of mind and a myth, not a place on the outskirts of the city:
The suburbs are comfortable, maybe even beautiful, but their serenity is rooted in a friendly American conformity, so that the people who live there have to repress their true selves, which will emerge when they drink too much and have affairs, or rage at each other for their dishonesty, which was all caused in the first place by… the suburbs (Gleiberman).
Gleiberman highlights the role of Michael Shannon as John Givings, “a mathematician who’s been hospitalized for insanity and who proves how unfit for society he is by making every acid comment cut to the truths that no one else will speak.” Gleiberman says that Kate Winslet’s April Wheeler “brings a private well of...