Wednesday, September 16, 2009

How many times do you see a movie based on a book that you have read and then regret wasting your time watching the movie. The movie didn't capture the angst in the book, the characters weren't true, it just wasn't how you imagined it. Well, here is one that broke the mold.

I read Revolutionary Road about a year ago with my old church's book club. It is not a new book: it was originally published in 1961 (interestingly 1st editions start at $79.00 on Amazon). However, it seemed to be popular again in reading circles about a year or so ago and became a movie with Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in 2008. I can't say that every detail was fresh in my mind when I watched it, but certainly the general story, feeling, and characters were; and the movie nailed it.

This is NOT a family film, but a chick flick / tear jerker about a very conflicted couple, who have lost their spark. They once felt so special, so on the move. Now they have fallen into the dulldrums of suburbia. How will they ever get that spark back? Can they? How far will their life go to hold them in their place? Although written more than a generation ago, the theme endures. I can almost garuntee you that you can see a piece of yourself in this book and film.

1 comment:

Andy's Bethy said...

Sounds good. I will have to look for the book first, then the movie. Thanks!