Monday, January 26, 2009

BIC Must See: Revolutionary Road

"day after day/there are girls/at the office/and men will always be men/oh don't/send him off/with your hair still in curlers/you may not see him again..."--Dionne Warwick

Speaking of movies: In addition to the laughfest that is going to be Obsessed, there are some BIC fodder movies this season that won't make you so much as chuckle, but just might change your life. One such film is  Revolutionary Road, which I've decided to spotlight here because the Academy idiotically shut it out of damn near every category, excepting Supporting Actor (although I must admit that Michael Shannon did a fantastic job) and two minor categories. To be sure, Revolutionary Road is actually one of the best films I have ever seen in my life. Most notable for the purposes of this forum, it centers nearly completely around female insanity, the kind of perceived psychosis that ruins families. Kate Winslet is absolutely brilliant as April Wheeler, a dissatisfied young Connecticut housewife in the 1950's. It's arguable whether or not there's actually clinically something wrong upstairs, but what I found most admirable is that the perception of her level of crazy is left completely up to interpretation, Yellow Wallpaper-style. Add to that that the catalysts for the breakdown of the marriage in question are portrayed in a breathtakingly honest way. 

I'm sure some will inevitably feel that based on her character's behavior, she must be insane. Others--like me--will see her as a victim of circumstances. I won't include any spoilers here because I hope you all see it; but suffice it to say that she is the very epitome of BIC, whichever lens through which you view the film.

*In a DIC sidenote, Leonardo DiCaprio is definitively, undeniably genius in this film, and the fact that he's not nominated for an Oscar is an unspeakable atrocity. I would protest and not watch the ceremony if I wasn't so interested in seeing who wins Best Supporting Actress.

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