Really, really good suburban drama from Sam Mendes, of American Beauty, Road To Perdition, and Jarhead fame. It's about a young, idealistic American couple in the '50s, struggling to find their place in life. They're firmly stuck between the ideals of their youth, and the often grim responsibilities of being adults and conformity. They also find themselves dealing with the failure of what they saw for their futures when they were younger, although the movie doesn't say as much it's easy enough to surmise.
As you might imagine, the acting is fantastic. One of Leo's best performances, if not the best performance we've seen from him. The cinematography is great, and the score is pretty much perfect. Just, great stuff.
Not the easiest movie to watch at times, but if you're in the mood for some heavy-handed drama, this will fit the bill.
Last edited by ShannonElements : 08-10-2010 at 05:18 AM.
i loved watching revolutionary road, but as i think back on it, the thoughts that the plot touched upon don't really seem very interesting. and yeah, the ending was too much. but like shannon said, the score and direction were phenomenal. i remember actually pausing on a few shots to get a better look, something i never do. there was one in particular from a window looking out into the yard, i think when kate goes through her biggest tantrum and storms into the woods (or maybe it was leo?) - really beautiful zooming shot.
i'm not sure about calling it leo's best work though. he was his standard self, but nothing about the performance blew me away. and i'm with you vap, kate was a little better, especially all the scenes she blows her gasket. plus she's a 50s babe.
i maintain that se7en is horribly overrated. very bleh shock factor mystery movie, and i remember it having really inconsistent pacing. the final scene is just sort of thrown in your face, and the twist doesn't has way too little to do with the rest of the movie. it was almost a 'woops, looks like that whole thing was just a dream' type of drop. again, bleh. blech. belch. etc.