Revolutionary Road Blu-Ray Review

Cover Art and Menus: 5/10
I don’t love the cover, but I don’t hate it. It’s pretty neutral for me. It’s not represtative of the movie, the story, or even the characters who are in the photo. It’s still from the movie, but it doesn’t reflect anything but a cool image of the two of them together. The menus are functional but nothing too grab my attention.

Features: 7/10

  • Commentary With Director Sam Mendes And Screenwriter Justin Haythe – Commentary with the director and screenwriter is kind of interesting on this movie, I really enjoyed listening to the very different opinions.
  • Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary By Director Sam Mendes And Screenwriter Justin Haythe – There are a lot of deleted scenes and most are actually essential viewing, there are key scenes that would have added a lot to the movie if they were left in.
  • Lives Of Quiet Desperation: The Making Of – This is a 30 minute making of that interviews all the key players, it’s not as hollywoody as most of these peices seem to be and actually has some interesting tid-bits of information with actual onset footage.
  • Richard Yates: The Wages Of Truth – A longish documentary on the writer of the novel Revolutionary Road, this goes beyond the movie and will possibly make you interested in reading the novel.
  • Theatrical Trailer –What can I say it’s a trailer.

The Movie: 9/10
I completely and totally identify with what is at the heart of this story. The feeling that as life goes on the dreams you had for yourself when you were younger are just that, dreams, false, never going to happen. The idea that being stuck in a house in the suburbs, a life draining job, social expectations, the dos and don’t s that are heaped upon you…it all feels like a burden that can suffocate you out of existence.

I get it. I hate being put into little slots of how I should act, be, dress, talk, behave, live my life, what kind of marriage I should have, how many kids I should have had, what a “real” woman should be, etc. Kate Winslet plays Wheeler, who feels all of that and it’s more than she can cover up with the perfect home, two kids, and the idealistic lifestyle of a suburb in the 50’s.

The relationship between she and (DiCaprio) Frank Wheeler starts un-remarkably. They meet at a party, neither offer many details about who they are or what they are interested in, and yet there is a passion that’s lit between them. The next thing we know they have been married several years and are not the happy couple. I would like to point out that while I like the overall pace of the film, this skip in time is either done so brilliantly that I didn’t quite get the genius, or something was missing. I felt like I didn’t get a chance to know enough about that early passion to appreciate the depreciation of their relationship.

I actually have more to say about the ideas of this story than the movie actually, but I’ll stick to the review and let those other thoughts just marinate in my mind for a while. Thoughts about marriage, compromise, sacrifice, personal choices, blame, loneliness, bitterness, hatred, love, romance, etc. That’s all a bit much for a movie review 🙂

The best parts of the movie are the highly emotional scenes when this couple peels away their facade and shows the raw feelings about each other, their lives, and more. DiCaprio and Winslet are amazing in those scenes. There are moments when I’m not that sold on either the dialogue or the tone of the acting,but that could be a lot of things like reflecting the era, films of that era, or just the style of the director.

It’s a slow build, a delicate unraveling of something. It’s not the relationship, we see that isn’t working from the very beginning, but it’s something else. The brewing of deep feelings of dissatifaction in life, sadness, despair, hopelessness, all cracking slowly, methodically. I love that about how the film plays out. It’s just that some things don’t quite feel right.

The two children are all but absent, which could be a parallel to how they really don’t fit into the life their mother wants, or mostly likely it’s because the editing ripped out a lot of scenes that would have filled in a bit more about the connection between her unhappiness and her struggle to deal with the choices she has made.

The other thing that I struggled with was that through the story I didn’t feel like I was seeing the reasons she was so unhappy with the loss of her identity, her dreams, her hope for individuality, and her choices to conform for the sake of appearances, most of which were in the deleted scenes..go figure.

The look of the film is awesome, seriously. The times are represented without much romance or shine. The house they live in is designed and arranged in exactly the same way my Great Aunts’ houses and Grandmothers’ houses were in the 50’s. (acc0rding to I wasn’t there:)

I would watch this film again, and probably again, it’s the kind of story with the kind of characters that draws me in very deeply regardless of who the actors are or who the director is. I’m captivated, truly, by the human drama of it and luckily, I get the added bonus of an excellent cast and very well made movie along the way.

Audio & Video: 9/10 (By Ascully)
Revolution Road is a stunning life changing movie that will stick with you long after you have sat down to watch it. The Blu-Ray presentation of the movie is no slouch either with pristine 1080P image and great TrueHD sound. The movie has a muted color palette which matches the look of the era but the detail on faces and Kate Winslet’s dresses look second to none here.

Audio is pretty good with one of the most compelling scores of recent memory. There is not a lot of surround sound action, but that is to be expected with a talky drama such as this one. Overall Revolutionary Road is a must own Blu-Ray if you have any interest in cinematic drama you really owe it to yourself to pick this one up.

Value: 9/10
The movie sells itself to me. I am not one for a full price DVD/Blu-Ray, but this one gave me my money’s worth and will do it again and again. I’m sure I will put this one in on different weekend afternoons when I want to revisit their story. It’s that kind of thing that pulls the money out of my pocket like a magnet. If you are obsessed with the cast, yes, buy it. If you are not a big fan of heavy drama and are just curious to see Kate and Leo together again, throw down a couple bucks for a rental.

Overall Score 9/10