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Massawyrm thinks REVOLUTIONARY ROAD is a great film...he kind of wishes he didn't watch...

Hola all. Massawyrm here. Every once in a blue moon, and I do quite literally mean that rarely, you see a film that is masterfully crafted, perfectly executed and absolutely flawless…save for one, tiny, insignificant detail: that you really dislike its story and everything it has to say. It’s been a very long while since a film so conflicted me as this film did, but here it is. As a film I can’t point out any flaws. I just quite simply do not like it. It is a frustrating, heartbreaking movie that fills you full of hope only to smash every last aspiration to pieces to make its point. A hopeless, bleak wasteland of a film, Revolutionary Road drives you out into the middle of nowhere and leaves your ass without a coat in hopes of showing you how easy it is to get conned into be driven out into the middle of nowhere on a cold day without so much as a windbreaker. And yet, it is quite an accomplished ride into a desolate nowhere. I don’t believe that Sam Mendes hates the institution of marriage, but this film might convince someone that he does. It presents us with three broken marriages, each of them an unhappy example of 50’s era desperation. On the outskirts of the story we have the old couple torn apart by a mentally unstable son. Next door we have a couple with something amiss, the revelation of which paints a heartbreaking PICTURE. And then we have our protagonists – Frank and April Wheeler. Now the casting of these two was a stroke of deranged brilliance. The film opens with us meeting our characters at the moment they first meet. We don’t see them fall in love. We don’t see them share their first kiss. We aren’t even treated to much of a meet-cute. Because we’ve already seen these two fall in love…in one of the most watched love stories of our generation. Putting two people together who made the whole world fall in love is a no brainer. Putting them together in a film in which that love disintegrates into a loveless wreck on the other hand, is a stroke of fucking genius. It’s like watching a greasy sweaty porno of that Mormon church girl who annoyed you in high school getting plowed by three men with bacne and nine inch schvonces. You don’t watch this to feel those same familiar feelings. You watch it to see something beautiful broken to the point that it can never go back. And it is the casting alone that makes me WANT to like this movie so much. But I can’t. It’s just too hopeless. Both Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio give their usual top notch performances. These two really are two of the greatest actors of their generation. And here each give layered, wonderfully rich portrayals of 50’s era lovers. He’s a cheating rat and she’s a frustrated housewife watching her dreams evaporate. So when they decide to throw their stepford suburban lives away to move to Paris on a whim, the movie becomes a hopeful treatise to love and how you can save a marriage – how you are free to step away from your life and say “I can change EVERYTHING I don’t like about this existence!” But you can’t. Or so the movie claims. I’m not certain if this is a full frontal assault on the traditional concepts of marriage or a cautionary tale of just what can happen to your life if you let it – the movie is never really clear about which message it wishes to get across to the viewer – but it certainly has a lot of terrible things to say about marriage. As anyone who has been married will tell you, a marriage has its ups and downs. It’s not just a cliché. The ups REALLY are ups. There are days you wake up, take a look at your wife and think “Dear god, I don’t know why this woman puts up with my shit, but I thank the maker once a minute that she does.” And then you walk around with a smile on your face so wide it has to be pried off with a crowbar. I mention this because I first watched this movie while in one of those phases of my marriage – and this film was like a poison that seeped in and killed every molecule of joy in my body. It is a date killer, a 100% guaranteed method of contraception that will ensure you will not so much as get a quick handy from a girl in the car afterwards. That said, everything else is perfect. Michael Shannon steals the film for the ten minutes he appears as the crazy, institutionalized son of the local realtor. He speaks the films truths, admitting what no one else has the courage to say out loud – and that makes him crazy in the 50’s. Sam Mendes direction is pitch perfect and he conveys every emotion he attempts to with all the grace of a world class figure skating. He makes it all look so easy. And the score, god the score is magnificently simple – reminiscent of American Beauty just enough to capture that spirit without for a moment feeling like imitation. Even the writing is fantastic. I might despise the story, but the dialog is clever and fantastically Spartan. There isn’t a wasted word anywhere in this film. But I hate it. I never want to watch it again. The last 10 minutes are so WTF and in your face that it is a very hard movie to love. Which is why you see this film grace a few BEST OF lists without universally being up towards the top of the ones it is on. Incredibly effective AND affecting, this film is for those who enjoy a painful emotional roller coaster. But never ENTERTAINING. It is a film I expect to be nominated for a great many awards, but none of them for overall picture. Fantastic when taken in pieces, I can’t recommend this to any but the most masochistic of film lovers and award season completists. Until next time friends, smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em. Massawyrm
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  • Jan. 9, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST


    by ECUPirate71

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST


    by T-RACE

    No thanks.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Mendes should stick to theatre

    by kwisatzhaderach

    His films always seem to be screaming "Look at me! Yes, me!! I'm Oscar-worthy!!!"

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST

    three men with bacne and nine inch schvonces

    by frankenfickle


  • Jan. 9, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    great review...kind of wish i didnt read it

    by doodah

    funny review, great details and a rather touching but forgetable mental image (morman church girl)I was excited to see this flick, especially after the trailers, but now....meh??

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    A heartwrenching PICTURE

    by pip1345

    Why is that capitalized? For no reason, I assume.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Road to Perdition

    by kuldan

    I remember some reviews I had read about Road to Perdition had the same feel to them, although I enjoyed every last minute of that film. Like "The Departed," I wanted to watch "Road to Perdition" again immediately after finishing it in the theater, and the show ended at 1:00 am. There's just something about great actors and a great director that just make you salivate before, during and after watching the film. I have a feeling this film may get a place not as a film to salivate over, but to be a standpoint for moral imperfections and obligations. Much like "Road to Perdition."

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    On the other hand...

    by UltimaRex

    The emos will love(?) it.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 1:07 p.m. CST

    If you want to be depressed and shit upon

    by NinjaRap

    This is your movie.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Sounds like Dogville

    by mithrandir16

    Everyone does a great job, but you're left depressed and broken afterward.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 1:09 p.m. CST

    That looks like a crack pipe

    by yomomma

    In the massamyrm piture of the day.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST


    by laraz

    This dude is a douchBAG! His review is un-mature and not well thought! Come over to martinjunior84/ and read my review. Way better!

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    This season's "worthy" films...

    by Flummage

    ...somehow all leave me less than enthusiastic in wanting to see them.<p> Namely this, The Reader, Milk, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Changling, Slumdog Millionaire and possibly even Synecdoche, New York. I'm going to watch them all, sooner or later, and some probably sooner than others, but there's some hesitency on my part, that's certainly a long way from anticipation. They all seem so familiar, so pat, and for all the emotion and "themes" in them, too, too easy in their conspicuousness.<p> Or something like that, I don't know. <p> I should probably admitt that this may well be attributed to something of my own internal meh-ness, rather than anything external of theirs.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST

    @ massa: film vs stage...

    by jason baum

    i heard the film can feel a little like they forced to make it seem as though it was a stage play - is this true? also, no bullshit man, this is your funniest article to date! i laughed my ass off at the 'mormon schvonces' & the 'negative quick handy' lines - then re-read them only to laugh harder. great fucking article man, i started to read the book a few weeks ago, and i think i'll wait til i finish to see the flick, but i know this one is gonna be a bummer.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    It'll probably hold up better than American Beauty

    by drewlicious

    That movie was brilliant seeing it as a teenager. Now its lost a lot of its luster. Also, when is the last time they've had a movie in the 1950's where everyone isn't a boozing, adulterous nutcase? I get that there's kind of a myth revolving that decade but it's almost like they to convince us that 50's were never happy for anyone.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST

    its biggest problem is that

    by slappy jones

    winslet and dicaprio are oddly off form I thought. I felt like I was watching a bad play

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 1:45 p.m. CST

    RR has been done so many times - frankly, boring.

    by noncents

    It just doesn't move me at all.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Yeah, very play like

    by Aloy

    Very well acted but to me it felt like a slice of a bigger film, too abrupt......and the mental patient son came across as a too convenient "Greek Chorus" truth revealer for Winslett and DiCaprio.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    Mad Men: The Motion Picture

    by MGTHEDJ

    There was a book "Revolutionary Road" written in 1962 about how "The Greatest Generation" was turning into a bunch of fuck-ups. It was cloned numerous times and set in numerous eras, including "The Ice Storm." Now in 2008 the movie is made but 2 years after the TV clone "Mad Men" hits the air and wins the Emmy for best TV Drama.<p>I'll wait for the cable premiere in Dec 2009.-----later-----m

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Is John Givings The Joker's dad!?!


    Watch the film, and then think!

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Holy shit, Massa!

    by KillerTomato

    "a film that is masterfully crafted, perfectly executed and absolutely flawless…save for one, tiny, insignificant detail: that you really dislike its story and everything it has to say." I think you just described my reaction to The English Patient.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST

    This is one of your better avatars, Massa.

    by AdrianVeidt

    Well done.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 2:19 p.m. CST

    hey laraz...

    by havocSchultz

    if you want to properly insult somebody by calling them a "douchBAG" you might want to do a bit of research and find out that it's actually spelled "douchebag" Just a heads up for the next "d00ch" that annoys you...

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 2:20 p.m. CST

    I agree Drewlicious

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    I think absolutely there is a core group of film makers and film lovers who sit to the side and observe the "gee whiz" idealism as seen in the 50's product, and wish to shit upon it. Why? Well its not to offer pure truth, its really because they are depressed and they want the world to understand their depression as depth and brilliance. <P>Let's face it, depressed people often believe themselves to be deep, cause they spend all day long thinking of one thing, THEMSELVES! They are like the Goth's from South Park, sure their observations may be correct from time to time, but do you really want to spend time with these self obsessed a-holes? Hell no!

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 2:24 p.m. CST

    This movie is why I'm glad Jack dies at the end of Titanic

    by pezduro

    yeah this movie is really depressing at the end. I still liked it, but probably won't be watching it for a while. it's to good at conveying all of those emotions marriages roller coaster through that I came out emotionally drained at the end.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Sam Mendes is a brilliant film maker

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    He's just cold as hell, and spends far too much time trying to deconstruct the world. I suppose he is an anarchist in this way. Show Sam Mendes someone who is happy, successfull, a joy to be around, and an all around great person, and he will beautifully and smartly show you how they are liars, closet alcoholics, cheaters, fakes, and self serving bastards. <P>Damn Sam, who did what to you to make you such a cynical, people hating, pisser. I pity you dude, I really do. There are lots of TB's who are also that cynical, but unfortunately for them they have no talent whatsoever, at least Sam can craft a damn good film.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay


    Damn You Michael Bay

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST


    by applescruff

    Slumdog Millionaire is FUCKING AWESOME. Go seek it out. You won't be sorry. Also, Synecdoche, New York is a brilliant film. Of course, I'm inclined to think pretty much all Charlie Kaufman's output is brilliant. But this one is some really untamed, WAY out there crazy genius shit. As far as the other movies, I didn't see the Changeling movie because Clint Eastwood got my money for Gran Torino already, and all the other ones were varying degrees of pretty good to good.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST

    So you're telling me....

    by Jodet

    people in Hollywood hate suburbia and average people living conventional lives? Gee, who knew?

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST

    This was a really good movie...

    by Crimson King

    Definitely among the year's best. And I thought Leo and Kate were splendid. It was rather depressing, but that doesn't take away from it's quality as a film.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Requiem for a Draam and Leaving Las Vegas

    by slone13

    2 great movies I saw once and will never watch again.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Great movie

    by andrew coleman

    Many people won't go see it because it has no big booms! But the acting alone makes this one of the best pictures this year.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Retard AICN reviewers...dont get it

    by quantize

    the film is about choices..

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Nothing like Dogville whatsoever..

    by quantize


  • this review was infinitely more depressing than the film its horrifying how dumb some audiences actually are

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Bad review....wished I didnt read it.

    by quantize

    Demonstrates an inability to understand the themes of the moves..for fuck's sake.a charater is CONVENIENTLY introduced so retards like massa can actually GET IT. It's probably one of the few actual flaws of the film. Clearly the movie is not dumb enough for the kind of audiences it might meet.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 3:19 p.m. CST

    well fuck me I loved it

    by ianrewel

    Not all movies have to be happy or fun, bleakness can be a great way to express something. I really really liked this. I loved that they appeared to have no chemistry, it added to the characters and Kathy Bates was great as usual. I thought Ebert's review pretty much nailed it

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Leo the Mutant Turtle is a HORRIBLE actor

    by hatespeech

    the worst actor in generations. . Pathetic.. He plays a retard good though.. Kate is hot. I like Turtles.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Anyone dismissing Mendes as belonging...

    by DarthCorleone

    ...on the stage and not in film is out of his/her fucking gourd. Whatever you think of this film, you can not deny that Mendes and Deakins know how frame a shot. If you do deny that, you're not paying very close attention to the visual art of film. Like American Beauty and Road To Perdition, this thing simply is cinematic. Among these three films I prefer the departed Conrad Hall as Mendes' DP, but this is still spectacular work in Revolutionary Road.<br><br>If you want to talk about films this awards season that belong on the stage, that would be Doubt and Frost/Nixon. Both are superbly written and acted, but visually they just don't do much for me.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 3:42 p.m. CST


    by smackfu

    One of the key elements of telling someone they didn't *get* a film is continuing on to explain what you got from it. Otherwise you're just blowing smoke up your own ass.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST


    by Reckoner

    the fact that you think Leo is a horrible actor is enough to ignore whatever you say. Anyway, from this review I can see what Massa is talking about because the trailer hit me pretty hard. So I can imagine that its a movie that hits so hard you don't want to see it again.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    “I can change...this existence!” But you can’t.

    by DarthCorleone

    Well, I'm not sure I agree with this as the film's message. Yes, the suburban momentum of family life is an uphill climb if you want to change it, but in my opinion in this film they don't make it to Paris because Frank doesn't actually want them to be there. He might despise his lot in life, but from the very beginning he's questioning what exactly "figuring himself out" in Paris is going to yield. It's a fairly common malady: mediocrity, lack of any exceptional talent, etc. I'm still struggling with it myself. I don't have a wife and kids, but I certainly do have an inert, going-nowhere life because of it. Hence, I can relate.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Michael Shannon for Riddler in 2011

    by Jack D. Ripper

    Shannon DOES steal the entire film in his brief appearance and makes me think he would be a fantastic Riddler in the next Dark Knight film.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 4:32 p.m. CST

    It's schvAnce

    by Olsen Twins_Fan

    Get yer yiddish straight, Massa.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST


    by quantize

    what are you a retard AS WELL? Jan 9th, 2009 03:06:34 PM 'the film is about choices..'

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    I still don't find DiCaprio believable as an adult.

    by Flim Springfield

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST


    by PotSmokinAlien

    'the film is about choices' totally sums it up in one elegant sentence. you might want to expand on that for people who were left scratching their heads, though.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST

    I loved it!!

    by listo65

    Although, I don't think it is as perfect as Massa says, I do think everyone should watch it simply because how well it is written, and because of the performances... Michel Shannon is AMAZING in his 2 scenes... all and all I thought Capone had a better review for the film, check it out

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 5:46 p.m. CST


    by PotSmokinAlien

    You might think I'm nuts for saying this, but hear me out: I actually think this is one of the most romantic movies I've ever seen. By which I mean, I can't remember the last movie I felt so genuinely was about the degree to which two people can love each other.<P>But not in a good way. I don't think Mendes was saying bad things about marriage, and I don't think he hates marriage either, I mean, Jesus, he probably has to believe in marriage pretty strongly to cast his own wife as the lead in this movie. I think he was more exploring the idea that love can have a horrifically destructive side as well as a redemptive or nurturing one. The real tragedy in the movie is that they do it to each other; they can't admit that their relationship has run its course, and by focusing so desperately and blindly on what they think the other wants, wind up destroying each other. When really all they had to do was say goodbye to each other. But they love each other too much to do that. And that's heartbreaking, but also... romantic.<P>What I really love your this review, though, is that you get that this movie isn't primarily about suburbia, nor some pale retread of AMERICAN BEAUTY. Every single other review I've read gets caught in that trap, not seeing that THAAT is the trap, THAAAAATT is the trap! ...sorry. Hope you see what I'm saying. Thanks for reviewing it.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    So it's a non-horror version of The Mist?

    by JerseyJedi08

    Sounds delicious.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 6:08 p.m. CST

    i loved it

    by thecrimsoncurse

    it was devastating.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    If you think this is bleak... *spoilers*

    by Larry of Arabia

    You should read the book. It's brilliant. Fascinating. Magical. And makes you wish you were never born. The brilliant thing is that the traps *spoiler* are all of their own making. *end spoiler* Yeats, who wrote the book, was one of the first to say, "Hey, listen, why are you all staying in loveless marriages while locked in this conformist society? Get divorced for GOD's sake! *MAJOR SPOILER* Have that abortion! *END SPOILER* Break out or end like this."

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Count me in

    by cowsaysmoo

    This review makes me want to see this really bad. Bring on desolation and pain!

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Agree with Mel Gibsteinberg

    by chimpjnr

    Mendes should stick to theatre. His movie are just so crushingly cold. I read various reviews of "Road to Perdition" and many made the comment that the coldness was intentional in order to reflect Hanks' character's personality, but it doesn't make it any more enjoyable to watch. "Closer" was similar in some ways, albeit not a Mendes movie. It just felt made for the stage, even down to having what felt like Acts (actually, was Closer originally a play? I feel like it might have been).

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST

    she has an abortion and DIES

    by nooneimportant

    your movie time rooooned! fuckers

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 10:52 p.m. CST


    by PotSmokinAlien

    DUDE that was some funny, funny shit!!! Seriously man I'm rolling on the floor laughing my ass off, so much so that I am typing those words out fully instead of using the usual abbreviations. Please take your show on the road. You'll make a million dollars easily. Awww man it's starting again! Just when I thought I was done laughing I started thinking about how clever and sneaky you are, coming here and posting the end of a movie where everyone can see it and I just got the giggles again!!!! I can tell I'm gonna be thinking about this at work on Monday and telling all my coworkers about how they should come to this talkback and check out what you said. Don't worry though, I won't ruin it for them by telling them-- oh no wait! I forgot how funny it is to do that!!! I *will* tell them what you said, and then *I'll* be the funny one!!!! AHHHHH it's just too too much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 11 p.m. CST

    I guess it depends on how you define "entertaining", Massa-

    by Bob Cryptonight

    If a film can trigger your emotions without using blatant manipulation (like a lot of Spielberg's stuff or, say, BENJAMIN BUTTON and crap like that), then why can't that be entertaining? You go into a movie theater feeling just the way you ordinarily do, day-to-day, and then WHAM...a movie delivers feelings! To me that is entertaining.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Okay, I'm really looking forward to this now.

    by CatVutt

    Sounds like it captures the essence of the book pretty fucking well.

  • Jan. 9, 2009, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Okay, I'm really a douche-bag now.

    by Cheif Brody

    WTF? That is all.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 12:28 a.m. CST

    A good film is a good film

    by djscott95

    A depressing story can be told well, and acted well, and written and shot well, and morons will still say they don't want to see it becuase it didn't make them come the way that "TDK" did. Fuck You. Good stories are sometimes depressing. It doesn't mean they aren't good. Horrible review.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 12:37 a.m. CST

    The Trailer Makes You Want To Die

    by Crow3711

    So I can't quite imagine what the movie is like. Bleak, I guess. Like the two minutes of the mist bleak, but with a marriage. Still, I can't wait, I usually love movies that crush me. It's cathartic.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 1:02 a.m. CST

    I'm glad someone else mentioned 'Closer'

    by keter

    This review immediately made me think "oh, so it's like 'Closer'?" The thing is, I fucking love 'Closer' and can watch it over and over again. There's a reason the phrase "love hurts" is a cliche. Because it fucking does. People suck. Relationships go bad. Marriages can turn into heaping piles of rubble. And if you ask me, those are things real drama are made of.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 3:37 a.m. CST

    broken mormon girls? really? do i need to read that?

    by BMacSmith

    stop trying so hard to be witty. for fuck's sake, just write a review. you're not half bad sometimes.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 3:43 a.m. CST


    by sonnyfern

    Great acting from both Leo and Kate, Kate Winslet is so good in this thing it's almost uncanny and Leo really lets loose. I felt bad for BOTH of these people, I HATED both of them. I have no idea what kind of message the film wanted to get across. It raises so many questions and those last moments, realizing what Kate is doing, knowing that she looks at it as her only way I only know one thing and one thing only right now... ...I'm glad I'm single!

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 3:52 a.m. CST

    sorry but

    by jofex

    this film was SO overblown, over-written, without the faintest sense of realistic emotional interaction. One long Actor's studio excercise. Fake fake fake! I couldn't make it through-- had to dash out to maintain my sanity. And Leo turns everything into a high school play, he's such a baby-face. All the integrity in the world but just can't sell himself in a man's man role, no matter how hard his little kitten face growls and curses. His head is also only 1/2 size of Kate Winslet's, which is not a great look for her. Just sayin'.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 4:25 a.m. CST


    by TheMcflyFarm

    You're lucky I already saw it before I read your spoilerific comment because if I hadn't I would've, um.... said some very mean things to you on the internet. But still, you're an immature cock face.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 5:11 a.m. CST


    by optimus122

    Within 3 weeks a pack of crazy men will rape your mother and cut your fathers balls off..all because you had to be a douche on the internet. Oh yes and your wife will develop the aids...good work asshole.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Just saw it

    by kobain

    and WOW... THAT was depressing. The people leaving the theater had the same somber reaction I remember seeing when leaving after se7en years ago. The whole theater walking out of the movie in a dark mood, heads hanging low and silent as a burial service. I wonder how many people will walk out of the theater dialing their divorce lawyer on their cell phone.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Massawyrm sucks

    by d_fens1969

    That is all.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 7:14 a.m. CST

    shit review

    by ironic_name

    go away.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 7:40 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Support Prop 8.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 7:58 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    dozens of times. But it's worth it.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 9 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    But your response was priceless. Verr funny.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    The First Annual Bleak and Depressing Film Festival:

    by REDD

    Naked Leaving Las Vegas Affliction Happiness Requiem for a Dream

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST



    How does a horse know how to get a divorce??

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 11:23 a.m. CST

    BTW, loved REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, but...


    ... I really didn't fancy Kate in it that much!!!! I was so shocked, ever since Jack Dawson said, "On the bed... I mean couch", I've fancied the pants off her.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Sam Mendes = poor (and simple) mans...

    by quintana007

    ...Todd Field, Michael Cimino and Todd Solondz.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Its good in a way the ending is ruined

    by optimus122

    on a movie this boring...although I did want to see it at least this was a reminder to never read a talkback on a movie I haven't yet seen because there is always a low rent piece of shit that will try and spoil it for ya...thank gods it was a movie I could care less about.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST

    mormon girl

    by menstrual_blitz

    so does porno only result in mormon girls being completely 'broken', or does that go for the rest of the gals getting joylessly fucked on camera for quick cash and to satisfy the market demands put forth by dudes' masturbatory whims?

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST

    movie's better than the trailer

    by menstrual_blitz

    Looks good, well shot...but shit, it's depressing. And still oddly insubstantial. Do adults really want to watch couples having arguments they've probably had already? Michael Shannon's character may have only been 'crazy' by the standards of the day, but he's still sort of a dick, by any standard. Everybody chafes under societal obligation and social roles. And i don't mean to minimize this in any way, it's painful. I just wish winslet's character could've stuck around long enough to read The Feminine Mystique. Kudos, though, to Mendes for his restraint in the abortion scene, sparing us any scenes of Leo taking a bloodied Kate in his arms and screaming "Nooooooo!!!!" or some such.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Gangbang Porn

    by Saint Andeol

    I'm gonna go masturbate to some right now. Not sure why . . .

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Saint Andeol...

    by menstrual_blitz

    ahahahaha...that's why we come to AICN...for all the DICKS!

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Spartan? Now that's a excellent film.

    by Stuntcock Mike


  • Jan. 10, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST


    by blackmantis

    ...and a comedy for single people.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Bleeds out after the abortion and DIES

    by nooneimportant

    oh noes, you ruint my movies.

  • Jan. 10, 2009, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Felt the same way about Mystic River

    by Zandunga

    Brilliantly executed film, riveting performances by amazing actors, interesting story....hated the way it made me feel, it was pointlessly dreary & awful. Wished I had gotten my two hours back. A great movie that SUCKS.

  • Jan. 11, 2009, 12:47 a.m. CST


    by eXcommunicated

    I chuckled. Then I hated you. Hope you die.

  • Jan. 11, 2009, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to it.

    by Knuckleduster

    I love it when the credits start to roll and the entire audience leave the theatre looking like they've just been date-raped. Good times.

  • Jan. 11, 2009, 3:02 a.m. CST

    I just saw this a few hours ago...

    by flickchick85

    And I thought Mystic River was a heavy-handed kind of depressing that just pissed me off more than anything else. But this movie was brutal and fantastic. Especially in comparison to that. The "Closer" comparison is pretty good, and yeah, I loved that movie too. But this one has more amazing performances, so it's a little better in my book.<p> And for the record, I AM glad I saw it. A good tragedy is still a good movie, last time I checked. This had better not get shut out by the Academy because they think it's "mean to marriage" or something. It's not about that at all - it's about the "American Ideal." Marriage just happens to be part of that, but *SPOILERS* it doesn't attack the institution of marriage - they were given an opportunity to have a happy marriage. They just didn't take that opportunity b/c of Frank's cowardice and reluctance to break away from what was expected of them at the time as a young American couple. And of course, April complied, because that was what was expected of her.*END SPOILERS*<p> Now I really want to read that book.

  • Jan. 11, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Holy Shit

    by kilik777

    One of the best reviews Ive ever read on this site. I saw this movie about a week ago and he was dead on. Its a great depressing movie. Way better than American Beauty.

  • Jan. 12, 2009, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Jack D. Ripper

    by NoHubris

    Great suggestion, Jack D. Ripper. Michael D. Shannon would be tremendous as the Riddler.

  • Jan. 12, 2009, 10:49 p.m. CST

    What an excellent review

    by ahnmin

    Thoughtful, insightful, well written, and to the point. Thanks for a great review, Massawyrm. I felt something similar when i walked out of Jarhead. That frustration and anxiety, coiled up inside, wanting to burst. Yet, i couldn't shake off how skillfully it was made.

  • Jan. 15, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Review was fun to read, but off-mark

    by taylor2

    FlickChick85 there has it right. It's about conformist society creating traps. Sociological pressure to be something or other than what a person really is or wants to be. Basically it's about weak people, or rather people who do weak things. The marriage and suburbia part is just the most universally broad themes. Though as to how depressing and such that it is. Sure you walk out depressed, but you can see it as a cautionary tale. I really don't think this says anything about marriage as a practice so much as marriage the institution. The whole societally fixed School->Job->Marry->Children->Die path (which is breaking apart these days but was obviously the expectation for the films period. Marriage is about compromise, give and take. You compromise something you may not otherwise want to, to be rewarded in another way. But most people don't get that, they're selfish and greedy. If you're not willing to compromise (like most people I've encountered on this planet) you shouldn't get married. Or rather, the person you're marrying, shouldn't marry you. Someone will be crying.