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.