Revolutionary Road is a reunion for Kate Winslet and Leonard DiCaprio, although in a more modest film than a giant cruise ship sinking in icy waters. It’s also directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) who is married to Kate in real life. The film is void of any other major stars, although Kathy Bates plays an interesting character who has a few good scenes.
The film is about a couple who met in New York City at a party, fell in love, had a baby, and moved to the suburbs, and had another baby. Leo plays Frank Wheeler, a salesman for a computer company in the city who is turning 30 and questioning if he’s truly doing what he’s meant to do. Winslet plays his wife April, an aspiring actress who once she got knocked up, had to give up her dream and settle for suburban domestic bliss. Unfortunately all is not as it appears on the outside between these two. They are constantly bickering and at each others throats, even though the neighbors are fooled into thinking that these two are the ideal young in love couple.
After realizing that neither of them are happy with their current situation, they decide the best option to save the struggling marriage is to move to Paris and start over with the family. Frank can sit at home and explore his artistic side, while April gets a government job to take care of the family. Obviously this plan is met with much skepticism and mockery by their friends and as you can guess it doesn’t go down the way they wanted it to. They are also both unknowingly cheating on each other and in all of this it seems as though the kids will eventually suffer the most from being raised in this dysfunctional family.