Revolutionary Road (Rated R)
Gavin Grade: C
Oscar Watch!¬† Awe!¬† It's the re-teaming of a dream couple that everyone in the world loves...except for me.¬† Yes, it's the first time that Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio did a movie together¬†again since "Titanic."¬† Don't make me gag.¬† But my lack of compassion for something like that is not the reason why I didn't like this movie.¬† I didn't care for it because I didn't know what the movie was trying to say.¬† It's from director Sam Mendes, who did the great movie "American Beauty."¬† Just like that movie, this is also about the not-so-perfect lives of suburban couples and the destruction of dreams by the toils of life, but this time it's set in 1955.¬† Now don't get me wrong, I'm not one of those people that needs a movie spelled out for him.¬† I like it when movies leave you walking away with whatever message you wanted to get from it, but this left me with nothing.¬† I didn't get what the story was trying to convey.¬† Was I suppose to feel bad for one of them, both of them or none of them?¬† I certainly did feel bad for the men in the movie, since they all suffer from Premature Ejaculation (both sex scenes begin and end in less than a minute.)¬† However both of them did the best they could with the script.¬† In fact both were really impressive to watch and Winslet got herself a Golden Globe win for it.¬† In supporting acting roles are Kathy Bates and the ever-impressive Michael Shannon, who plays her insane son.¬† He's only in two scenes, but may steal the movie with them.¬† Mendes' attention to detail -¬†from the props, to costumes, to the sets, is¬†impressive too.¬† The problem with this film lands square on the¬†shoulders of a confused story that leaves the audience feeling the same way.¬† Maybe the book was better.