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REVOLUTIONARY ROAD is well made. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet explore their complex characters. The directing is solid, giving much room for the actors. The movie’s biggest flaw is that the story itself is depressing, with characters that are ultimately not very sympathetic. The movie’s Romantic worldview is devoid of God. The characters live their lives based solely on their feelings. Frank says his life’s goal is to feel. April says she wants “to live life as if it matters.” Yet, they have missed what really matters in life. There is also strong negative content, including foul language, sex and anti-American elements. The most disturbing element is a depicted “at home abortion.”
(RoRoRo, HH, PCPCPC, APAPAP, LLL, VV, SS, NN, AA, D, MM) Very strong Romantic worldview of attempting to find happiness in each other mixed with strong humanist elements and a very strong politically correct attack on American middle class life, desires and values, including the ideal and values of the 1950s American suburb; 24 obscenities and 24 profanities; a disturbing “at home abortion”; implied sexual relations in adultery, depicted sexual relations between married couple, depicted sexual relations in adulterous relationship; upper female nudity, upper male nudity; drinking of alcohol and drunkenness; constant smoking; and, marital strife, lying, lying, and abortion.
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD is the story of a suburbanite couple who feel stifled by their supposed mundane life and fantasize about a better life in Paris, though they never get there. Frank and April seem to live the 1950s suburban dream of nice job, nice house. However, they are unhappy, bored and long for a different life, hoping that changing locations will make them happy.
Frank has an unfulfilling job just like his father. April is a failed actress. They fight throughout the story, blaming each other, being unfaithful to each other, and ultimately destroying their lives and marriage. Along the way, other families are introduced who each ultimately live in sad, depressed lives.
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD is well acted and well made. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, back together since TITANIC, explore their complex characters and communicate much through their performances. The directing is solid, giving much room for the actors.
The movie’s biggest flaw is that the story itself is sad and depressing with characters that are ultimately not sympathetic. They are selfish and often irrational. Their lives are not interesting. Worse, spending time with them is sometimes painful.
This “perfect young couple” is introduced to John, a man who is recently out of an insane asylum who is the only character in the movie who seems to understand the emotions underneath the surface.
The movie’s worldview is devoid of God or spirituality. The characters live their lives based solely on their feelings. Frank says his goal in life is to feel. When they discuss what they should do, they express it in terms of feelings. They are hoping that moving to Paris will give them a change and an opportunity to discover what they’re supposed to do in life.
Their friends, the Campbell family, are supposedly happy, but the husband has an affair with April and remains in love with her. Other people in the movie are unfulfilled and unhappy.
April says she wants “to live life as if it matters.” Yet, they have missed what really matters in life. Fulfillment is not found by going deeper into ourselves, but rather going outward to God through Jesus Christ and in deep, loving fellowship with other people.
The movie contains plenty of strong foul language and strong sexual content. The most disturbing element, however, is an “at home abortion” that is mostly depicted. Frank opposes the abortion, saying any sane mother would not want to do it. April wants to be rid of her new child because her pregnancy is the reason they change plans about moving to Paris. This ultimately leads to tragedy.
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD is disturbing and troubling. As a drama, the characters are complex and well acted. However, the point seems to be that one should lead life based on feelings and a Romantic ideal, hoping to find fulfillment without God. Also, the movie seems to be another politically correct attack on the American values, life and ideals of the American middle class suburb, especially in the context of 1950s America.
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