WEEKEND SPECIAL: Looking at “Revolutionary Road”, Part One


Been wondering what all the fuss is about the new movie starring Leo and Kate? WOnder no more. We've got the full scoop right here!

In the first of a three part weekend special on Revolutionary Road, a movie i'm very much looking forward to seeing when it finally comes out (since the studio is too paranoid to pony up a screener…), here's what it's all about…

Adapted from the landmark novel by Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road is an incisive portrait of an American marriage seen through the eyes of Frank (three-time Academy Award® nominee Leonardo DiCaprio) and April (five-time Academy Award® nominee Kate Winslet) Wheeler. Yates’ story of 1950’s America poses a question that has been reverberating through modern relationships ever since:  can two people break away from the ordinary without breaking apart? 
Frank and April have always seen themselves as special, different, ready and willing to live their lives based on higher ideals. So, as soon as they move into their new house on Revolutionary Road, they proudly declare their independence from the suburban inertia that surrounds them and determine never to be trapped by the social confines of their era. 
Yet for all their charm, beauty and irreverence, the Wheelers find themselves becoming exactly what they didn’t expect:  a good man with a routine job whose nerve has gone missing; a less-than-happy homemaker starving for fulfillment and passion; an American family with lost dreams, like any other. 
Driven to change their fates, April hatches an audacious plan to start all over again, to leave the comforts of Connecticut behind for the great unknown of Paris.  But when the plan is put in motion, each spouse is pushed to extremes – one to escape whatever the cost, the other to save all that they have, no matter the compromises. 
Directed by Sam Mendes (Academy Award® winner American Beauty), from a screenplay by Justin Haythe, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet and features an accomplished supporting cast including Academy Award® winner Kathy Bates, Kathryn Hahn (Boeing-Boeing) Michael Shannon (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, BUG) and David Harbour (Awake). The film’s producers are John Hart, Scott Rudin, Sam Mendes and Bobby Cohen; and the executive producers are Marion Rosenberg, David M. Thompson and Henry Fernaine.

For more information on the movie, check out the official website at www.revolutionaryroadmovie.com!

Tomorrow: check out the trailer and a couple more movie clips selected specially for PNR's readers!