The feeling I get after watching Revolutionary Road (2008) is that of sadness, hopelessness, and warning. Let me explain.
The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet (together for the first time since Titanic) as Frank and April Wheeler, a young and “special” couple with two kids living in a suburban neighborhood. They were the couple that the others were always jealous of. Outwardly, they were perfect. Inwardly, they both were quite miserable.
Frank hates his job and is getting little love at home. April fails at acting and isn’t getting much love from Frank. Neither of them are happy and they both just expect the love to come. They live in the remembrance of when they were in love. The excitement is gone, but they just expect it to be there. They think that moving to Paris will save their relationship. Through many regrettable acts, many fights, and much stubbornness, this couple almost makes it. I won’t give any more away.
While watching this film, I couldn’t help but wonder if their relationship with each other would be different if they had faith. Not faith in each other–though that wouldn’t hurt–but faith in God. They both are so selfish, there is no room for love. Faith would change that. Just a thought.
I also noticed that if they really put the effort into loving each other, they both would be better off. They place the blame for their problems on each other and “this place of hopeless emptiness”, while they should really look at themselves and figure out what they each could do for each other. Love is not easy and it is not just feelings.
The film is really brilliant. It was very difficult to watch at times, but it really has a lot of meaning and though it is set in the 50s, has great application to couples today. The acting was phenomenal. DiCaprio and Winslet are two of the best in the business and they work so well together. Their characters are so real. They are not transparent; they are deep and emotional. The music really helps set the mood and is very well written.