Winslet and DiCaprio start a revolution

John Sturgeon

Imagine that your life is a living hell, that nothing is the way you want it and you are constantly frustrated with who you have become.

That is the premise behind Sam Mendes’ depressing 1960s era drama “Revolutionary Road.”

Portraying April and Frank Wheeler, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio give great performances that show off a multitude of different emotions.

Winslet won the Golden Globe for her performance.

The couple meet at a party and quickly fall in love. After marrying, they settle down in a suburban home and have two children.

Frank works as a salesman while April takes care of the children and forgoes her dream to become an actress.

Trouble ensues as Frank is never home and April becomes absorbed with moving to Paris and getting away from the dull monotony that has permeated their lives.

She knows Frank simply performs his job to provide for his family. Frank, bored with his life, has an affair with a secretary at work that draws him even further from his wife.

Upon hearing about his wife’s idea to move to Paris, he agrees, believing it will rejuvenate the marriage and help him figure out his true passion in life.

Complications arise when April becomes pregnant with a third child and Frank is offered a promotion at work.

As time progresses and a move becomes less likely, April becomes even more depressed and has an affair with a family friend.

John Givings (Michael Shannon), the psychotic son of the Wheelers’ realtor, is able to see through their sham of a relationship and calls the couple out on its problems.

His powerhouse performance in several scenes nabbed him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

By this point in the film, the shackles are off and sparks fly as April and Frank try to work through their marital issues.

Feelings are destroyed, revelations are made and the shocking conclusion of the story will stay with you for a long time.

Winslet does an excellent job evoking sympathy for her character with great facial expressions and movements.

Dicaprio has developed into one of the finest actors in recent years and his streak of strong performances continues here.

The chemistry between Winslet and DiCaprio remains as captivating and real as it was in 1997’s “Titanic.”

Mendes, directing his wife in “Revolutionary Road,” knows how to make disturbing films, as was the case with “American Beauty.”

The 1960s look of the film is quite beautiful, providing a stark contrast to the destructive nature of the characters in the film.

Overall the film delivered due to the incredible performances, sharp dialogue and imaginative direction.