I have not yet read the book that this movie is based off of, although I do have it on my bookshelf.  It sits with other books I haven’t read yet, the biography of Che Guevara, most of the works of J.D. Salinger, most of the works of Ayn Rand and The Grapes Of Wrath.  I’m excited to read the book, especially after watching the movie.  I had heard that the book was good, but I doubted the chance of it turning into a decent movie.  My roommate thought the movie was going to be great and I, out of a contrary nature, disagreed with him.  It turns out he was right and now you can pick this film up and decide that for yourself as well.

Starting this June 2nd, now available on DVD from BBC Films, DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Studios Home Entertainment comes the adaptation of a classic novel about the hopeless emptiness of life in the suburbs in 1950s America.  Revolutionary Road is ready to slouch out of your television screen and fill your living room with a compelling and smoky vision of a past that feels far too current for most of us.  Bring home this fantastic movie today!

Based off of the book by the same name by Richard Yates, this movie takes place in the far outer suburbs of New York City in the 1950s.  Frank and April Wheeler met when they were both young – he wanted to move back to Paris and she wanted to be an actress.  Now they have two kids and she’s a stay-at-home mom and he’s stuck working in the business office for a business machine company.  He needs the job to pay for their house and their lifestyle, but as he turns 30, things start to change in their marriage.  They decide to Paris and live the lives they want to.  But then she gets pregnant and gives Frank the excuse he’s looking for to stay in the life he has now.  It all adds up to one of the most compelling and incredible movie endings this year.  This movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates and Michael Shannon and was directed by Sam Mendes.

The special features included in this DVD are an optional audio commentary with director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Justin Haythe, deleted scenes with optional audio commentary from director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Justin Haythe and a great featurette about the making of this film.

I didn’t know that Sam Mendes was the director of this film, but I knew that this movie felt like American Beauty, but without the undercurrent of hope that makes that movie so appealing.  Sure enough, it is directed by the same person and that makes it fantastic.  Leonardo DiCaprio is earth shatteringly good in this and it feels completely natural to see him in that role.  Kate Winslet is also monumentally good, I would say she’s even better than any other actor in this film.  There are parts of this movie that are shockingly hilarious, especially because they come in the midst of such horrid darkness.  The neighbors’ institutionalized son is one of the funniest movie characters I’ve seen in a long time, regardless of film genre.  But the best part of the movie is the story itself.  It is nearly unbearably dark and completely hopeless.  And it’s wonderful movie.  It is worth watching time after time and it will move you like few other stories of the suburbs will.

This is a wholly Revolutionary film!

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

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