Monday, January 19, 2009

Movie Review - Revolutionary Road

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, and Michael Shannon

Synopsis: A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950's struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children.

Grade: A

Review: This movie was GREAT!! When I saw the previews I thought it looked interesting but I couldn't really tell what it was about. What the movie ended up being about is life, love and the pursuit of dreams. The acting was excellent and you could truly feel the emotion in their words. The words and interactions touched on things that everyone should be able to relate to. It really makes you think about your life and what you're doing with it.

Leo and Kate are both wonderful actors and this movie was no exception. Their emotion was so real and raw that it made me really connect with them. Micheal Shannon was also wonderful. His role was a small but extremely significant one. He played the "crazy" son of their neighbor, although I don't think he was actually crazy. He just said the things that others were afraid to say.

The tag line of the movie is "How do you break free without breaking apart?" and that one line fully captures the idea of the movie. How DO you break free without breaking apart? How do you live the life you want and desire while also making sure that you meet all of your responsibilities? What is more important, being emotionally satisfied or doing the things that "need" to be done? The movie doesn't give you the answers but it makes you asks all of these questions.

To me a good movie is one that makes you feel and makes you think and this one definitely does both. I wish I could put into words how wonderful this movie was but I can't so you should just go see it!

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