Revolutionary Road. Sam Mendes. 2008. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Leo flexes cruel masculine self-loathing blasted outward. Kate maintains a senseless hope that eats away at her insides. OK, so the performances capture the Yatesian archetypes, what's missing? Pacing. Misery's glacial ebb and flow is never quite captured. Upshot is, since they aren’t forced to carry the same weight that the leads are, the side characters shine.. Shannon obviously; the office dandy decimating Leo’s self-conception with a few well-chosen words; Kathryn Hahn's constantly darting eyes; Kazan’s delicate veering from attraction to indifference to confusion re: Leo, which is mirrored by Shep’s pathetic-but-true-but-also-bullshit love of Winslet; the haunting final moment; Bart's bulldog utterance of "SECOND RATE," etc. Revolutionary Road is not without marvelous moments but it’s an unfortunate case of parts > whole.