Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road ★★★★

After seeing a parody trailer that edited a bunch of footage from this into a hilarious Titanic sequel promo I knew I had to see it, and sure enough it delivers on the strength of the performances alone. American Beauty director Sam Mendes was the perfect choice for this adaptation of a supposedly much better novel though, keeping the tension and emotional gravitas high in an almost awkwardly personal examination of a deteriorating marriage in a suburban 50s setting. Keeping a film exciting which rarely changes location from a drearily lit house interior is no small feat and everyone involved was definitely up to the task right up to the refreshingly stark and unsentimental conclusion.