Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Revolutionary Road - the movie
I read this book quite awhile ago (here) and my reaction was somewhat mixed. When I read the book, I didn't particularly care for either of the lead characters. The movie reeled me in a little bit more - at least Kate Winslett did. I had much more sympathy for her character in the movie than I did in the book. Maybe that was because I felt bad for her that she was trapped in a marriage with Leonardo deCaprio who is not mature enough (in my almost 50 year old opinion) to be the leading man. He looks like a child. I didn't like the two of them together in Titanic and I didn't like the two of them together in this one either. You know when I'm thinking, "Go girl!" as she trots off to have sex outside of marriage that the match is not working for me! Of course the ending is just as devastating on film as it is in print, it just has to be mental illness that drives her to her destruction.
Despite the darkness of the story and the fact that, again, I didn't fall in love with either of the characters, I still enjoyed the movie, maybe even a little more than I enjoyed the book.