Revolutionary Road (Sam Mendes 2008)

519vG-uGMGLand so anyway it turns out the best thing about Revolutionary Road (2008) is not all the fucking endless acting cluttering up the scenes in which DiCaprio and Winslet, reunited at last, make you root for the iceberg all over again, but the way in which Sam Mendes takes Richard Yates’s novel – which is, whether by accident or design, neatly poised between a sympathetic portrait of white suburbanites turning on each other as they confront the emptiness of their lives and a devastating satire on these awful, self-deluded pricks who should just hurry up and die horribly – and in the adaptation process to so clearly aim for the former but achieve the latter … well, apart from the bit about devastating satire…

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