Leo, Kate Pave Way for Revolutionary Road

Actors overcome 'dated' feel
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 26, 2008 10:30 AM CST

(Newser) Revolutionary Road, a 1950s-era drama about marriage, love, and angst, has its flaws, but ultimately it works, writes Kenneth Turhan in the Los Angeles Times. That’s largely thanks to stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio and director Sam Mendes, who overcome a storyline that seems “as dated as the language” used in the film. “Only a stone, frankly, would not be captured by the honesty and intensity of Winslet's performance,” he adds.

Joe Neumaier, in the New York Daily News, applauds the actors, who, “never once shadowed by Titanic, raise up each other and everything around them.” But Manohla Dargis, writing in the New York Times, is less impressed with Mendes, whose “investment in this story feels professional, diagnostic.” He seems to forget “that this isn’t just theater, but also something like life.”