I’ve had Revolutionary Road (RR) in my Netflix queue for a while, and have finally gotten around to receiving and viewing it. After watching Blue Valentine (BV) with my friend Celia a few weeks ago, I found Revolutionary Road quite similar. Both deal with unhappy couples, create moments of extreme tension, are a bit over the top and end with a loss. (Don’t worry, it’s not a super spoiler…I didn’t tell you everything!)
- the grass is greener on the other sides
- idea of craziness (definition of crazy, who in the movie is crazy vs. sane)
- idea of love vs. lust
- idea of crazy (crazy in love, crazy vs. sane)
Unlike BV, I found RR to move at a decent pace. It was intriguing and certainly not as graphic. Maybe because it’s set in the 50s whereas BV could take place today. RR resonated with me more, I think because you understood the thought process and inner conflict of both Frank and April. In BV, it was once character chasing the other and it got old fast. I guess that’s the difference between a studio release and an indie film.
Have you seen either of these movies? What are your thoughts?