this was a beautifully acted film and something that I am sure many married partnerships go through. Maybe they do not end so sadly, but it gave one food for thought. Deserves the 4 star rating
Excellent story, based on a classic American novel by Richard Yates. While not the most pleasant story to view, it is very truthful and universal, almost entire story is based in American suburbia in the fifties of last century, but encapsulates very well more general issues of personal aspirations in life, balancing obligations towards children and partners with own desires and dreams. Balancing mundane obligations such as paying the mortgage versus living "to one's full". Reminds me of "American Beauty" by the same director, just a bit, but this film is even better in my opinion.
The DVD contains many extra features such as deleted scenes, documentary about Richard Yates, etc. Highly recommended!
Brilliant movie, huge Leonardo fan
great acting in both kate and leo. i like this movie! something that I didn't expect.
not what we were expecting, especially with such good actors in it, nearly turned it off
Depressing movie. But worth watching. Kind of makes you pleased to be relatively happy with your own mindless existence!
Powerful film - a tale that could be set in any period, but the use of the golden age of the American 50's was excellent. The confusion of what is best for your family and how you can loose yourself in the drudgery of life is captured very well and as always DiCaprio capture the audience.
not a real 'feel good' movie, but really well done I thought.
Was really disappointed thought it would be better
This is a fine film and one the critics got wrong. A detailed study of the underlying pressures and tension hidden by the outward appearance of a model couple in suburban New York in the 1950's.
A good movie for Kate Winslet, had a story for performance. But big disappointment for Kate fans is there is NO nude scenes and cant believe Kate has done a movie without taking off !
Could not watch this one a 2nd time ... slow paced and lacked a real story
Although I really loved this film, it was a bitter sweet love. Amazing to see how far women have made it in regards to equality in the workplace etc, but very depressing seeing this woman needing to meet society views on her role as a wife and mother. Dreams getting lost because of the need to meet the values of society back in the 50s. Fantastic acting from both Kate WInslet and Leonardo C.
Scary as it touches topics that no one wants to even admit to themselves, let alone others. Must see for every relationship...
Intense domestic drama. At times we want to love this couple, other times hate them. Which also sums up their relationship with each other. Their issues are faced by all of us as we go through life, but like everyone they think they are unique. Curiously, their kids are hardly ever about and there's no explanation of where they are.
Great actors, good storyline, for once an American film that breaks out of the mould. Am interested to read the book.
Not at all what I thought it would be, started good. But kept thinking something of interest would happen, which lasted through the whole movie until the very end. Not a very good ending at all.
Not quite what I expected, but I really like there two actors together. Strange movie that makes you want to jump through the screen and shake both of the main characters. I found it a bit depressing and the soundtrack is too.
This is more like a play than a movie, and utterly absorbing it is too. It shows a couple struggling to stay together, squashed under the weight of having to conform to 50's standards. Both leads are excellent. Those people who think this is a slow and boring movie are probably better suited to Transformers style films. There are no car chases, explosions or gore in this one.
Slow movie, nearly gave up on it. Very deep and a bit depressing in parts. Terrible ending.
A bit slow in places, not the worst I have seen but.....
Strange movie this one, straight forward and basic. Certainly not feel good viewing. Set in America in the 1950s very authentic set designs by the way had some of my Mums furniture!. It is a raw tragic love story, about not taking a chance when the opportunity occurs then as a result falling into hopelessness and a empty marriage. Couples were expected to conform in the 50s even though it meant being miserable, lesson; if you don???t take the chance to change your life you suffer the consequences. The ending just petered out which was a little disappointing. Only worth 3 stars, two quality actors impress, movie ok if looking for an unusual nights entertainment.
Felt like I was watching a play rather than a movie. Excellent performances from the two leads.
This movie shows the effort of a woman with kids and a husband in an ordinary job trying to change their lives by encouraging her man to let her take on a job. After he has an affair and she has an affair does she relent to his and societies prejudices and becomes the housewife again.
A sad tale of two people who begin to yearn for something better; something more fulfilling than life seemingly has to offer. An interesting reflection on the hazy line between the real (mundanity) and the unreal (fantasy) and how possible it is to actually cross that line and still be perceived as 'normal'. I was pretty engaged with this film. Kate Winslett is perpetually watchable on screen; Leonardo is growing on me as an actor of calibre. Watching this has made me want to read the book to find out more about what was going on for the two main characters, especially Kate's seemingly tortured April.
I think this has to be one of the worst movies of all time. It was so slow and boring and repeatative!! And they could have at least explained the ending a bit better.. Did she die or not??
A drama without excitement, expressive but not exhilarating. RR plods along (for the first three quarters at least), but does it pack a punch; you bet. I?m being a little harsh, the story certainly builds to a climax, and is the film is cinematic, beautiful, intelligent, so perceptive. And with such well-built motifs, the themes are clear without being (too) forced (although the mentally ill John Givings?s character?s commentary, while brutally real, is a little too obvious) but it took some persistence to stick it out to a very worthwhile, albeit, gloomy end.
and that motif ? well, life is ordinary, we?re not special, the person we?re with is no more special, but goddam it, if we pretend through it together it beats doing it alone and we can make believe we don?t detest ourselves even if we end up despising each other
It hit a few nerves, old memories from that era. I wasn't overly impressed with the acting, it was something to watch and I watched it all. 2 and half stars
Existential angst in 50's suburbia. Nice to see a movie that deals with the issue of personal development rather than the usual need for love and material satisfaction. It states the problem nicely but doesn't go beyond it. 3.5 stars
Very depressing, not worth watching.
Probably a bit too long. Often heard of tale of the 1950's and 60's. Sad ending.
Kate and Leo were great. It's been too long since Titanic... This movie is right up there with Notebook etc in my all time top 10. A must see for anyone in a relationship, struggling with where they're headed, finding their way in suburbia, dealing with all the peer pressures and society expectation we face every day - so that's most of us. Very good treatment of mental health issues too.
My wife and I found this movie extremely entertaining - not from an action point of view but from a 'life experience' point of view. The issues that these 2 faced in a marital situation represents many issues that married couples face - as both individuals and as a unit.
The acting by Di Caprio and Winslett, I believe, pulled of what could well have been a humdrum movie - but their ability to capture, embrace and manifest the idiosyncrasies of a relationship make this movie a classic. I am well impressed.
Boring..Don't even bother. Had to turn off after 27 minutes. So so boring
OK but the ending was totally crap.
Real and very Poignant .....
I want a refund and 119 mins of my life back...
Excellent acting....but a bit droll!
I was quite disappointed after all the hype. Kate Winslet was very good and the premise of the story is very relevant today. Unfortunately I found Di Caprio's character so unlikable, I just kept willing her to leave him and by the end I didn't care very much what happened to them.
this is a brilliant movie, and carries sam mendes stamp, with a lot of information transmitted visually almost in passing. not a wasted frame. marvellous art direction and editing too. even though the movie was ostensibly set in the 1950s, unfortunately its central issues are just as troublesome today: couples failing to hear each other, husbands believing they own their wives' bodies, destructive outcomes of stymied creativity. sexism is still alive and well!
Not as good as I had heard. DiCaprio was miscast, and the plot didn't concentrate on Winslet's character enough so I couldn't really understand the depth of her problems or why she behaved the way she did.
With the rave reviews this got I expected much more but it was very very dull, and besides the fact that the spark wasnt there between Kate and Leo as it was in titanic, the movie was dragged out and dull, and Kate's character was a bit of an odd ball which we couldn't fully gel with, both my husband and I were waiting for more to happen or for a twist or something to make watching it worth while, but nothing........
Read the book instead. This movie fails to capture the complex interplay between the characters and their suburban environment, and it's disappointingly inane. Read the book instead!
Right from the start the ominous anxiety that accompanies a relationship in trouble starts to creep into the viewer. Like an itch that can't be scratched, Winslet frustrated and frustrating, DiCaprio who can no longer talk his way out of or into anything. The two leads were way too good. Like a rollercoaster that makes you sick this film should be given five stars for doing its job.
Great acting in this very dramatic film, don't miss the opening quarrel scene between Kate and Leonardo. Story line a little slow to get going, but well worth the investment of time required to fully appreciate it. Some wonderfully deep, soul searching one liners contained within this movie.
I was really dissapointed with this film. You kept waiting for it to get better but never did, the acting was very good but the story was really boring and wasn't the reunion between Di Caprio and Winslet I hoped for, I felt it ended on a really dull note. Certainly not inspiring I was left thinking "was that it?" I didnt think the story was particularly captivating and was sure they could've found a much better one for them to be a part in together.
An inspired performance by Kate Winslet but don't choose this DVD if you are after an evening's light entertainment.
The most heart-warming movie of the year... Well, if you didn't detect sarcasm in that, I will be a bit more blunt. If you like watching domestics, then this is the film for you. It felt a lot like a stage play, as the dialogue sometimes seemed a bit forced and predictable. Ultimately a pretty depressing couple of hours.
Strong performances from both Leonardo and Kate. Issues of careers and relationships still relevant today.
The acting was good but I found it really depressing to watch. Even when they thought they had broken free of suburbia it was obviously going to end badly.
It made me eat Tim Tams just to cheer myself up.
Well done Leo and Kate! Not a pleasant story, don't watch if you have bad memories of your parents fighting,.This period film set in the late 50's covers problems still relevant today - dealing with the very realistic prison of the suburbs; work, mortgage, children and loss of self and attempts to escape that have disasterous results. The star of the show is the psych patient - if only we all had a visitor like him to point out the truth, and if only we listened.
Brilliant acting disappointing plot !
The only thing that sank in this movie was the film itself at the box office. Given the sombre tone, it's not hard to see why, but their performances are first class.
I'm not sure how people even come close to liking this? Those who would watch this, would probably avoid it as it's got too much mainstream Hollywood involvement, and would be off watching a 4th rate version of it at their local theatre club group.
It just drags on and on, I lost track of time and days watching this, nothing happens, couples have the same arguments to hammer home the same points over and over to the point where you start to have weird fantasies about Kathy Bates and wonder if it's really an acid trip.
Just say no.
Everything about this movie made me want to watch it - 2 great stars, great setting and a great premise. It was such an interesting look into the bleakness of suburban life and what it would have been like to escape. It was also an interesting account into what we now know as mental illness.
Having said that, I was left distressed, so not everyones cup of tea.
Very slow moving movie but quite good all the same. Kate and Leo did their parts well and it was nice to see them together in a movie again. Can't wait for the reader to be available. Doesn't matter what Kate is in she always does her role justice. Not to be missed.
This is an extraordinary picture. I watched it expecting a suburban drama with low level entertainment value. It was a bit like watching a car crash - you can't take your eyes off the tragedy. The actors, to a man and woman (not just the leads) were fantastic. I don't know that I've seen a better drama. Winslet should have got her Oscar for this picture. The Reader was good - this is better.
A very disturbing film which is acted brilliantly, although you wonder why the story would be made into a film. Quite depressing and somewhat sad, I would not recommend to anyone who is feeling down as it will only make you feel worse.
Ever feel lost and directionless, in an unsatisfying job or marriage role and longing for a change? Well the Wheelers, Frank and April (DiCaprio and Winslet) might impart some lessons on how NOT to live a meaningful life. Keep a serious grip on yourself ‘cause there’s little to giggle about (except maybe 50’s fashions and paraphernalia which were fastidiously recreated)--you’re in for a no-holds-barred assault on the circa 1950s American suburban dream. This, no doubt, has resonance today, though pressures to conform in the Western world are not as inhibiting now. If this devastating film makes some viewers sit up and consider the direction they’ve given their life, then director Sam Menzes has succeeded. Anyone for Paris?
Strong performance from both lead actors... still... I thought it was a bit dull.
Finally Kate and Leo back together again. Lets hope we don't have to wait another 10yrs. They had me having my own personal debate in my head over who was right or wrong. Brilliantly acted. If you're one to get emotional better take tissues. Not a movie that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy but definately a must see. You won't forget this movie in a hurry.