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Feb 9, 2009

Fletch's Film Review: Revolutionary Road

I swear it's been a month since I saw Revolutionary Road in the theater. In the time since, I've seen plenty written about the film, good and bad. There's been talk of Kate Winslet getting wildly snubbed, Michael Shannon getting recognition for a fine performance and/or hammered for playing a terribly-written role, and director Sam Mendes getting alternately praised or lambasted for his second trip into suburbia, following American Beauty. Me, I'm torn. The intellectual in me wants to delve deep into the symbolism of this, that and the other, all the while deconstructing the screenplay line-by-line, to get to the essence of Mendes' film. But the popcorn-stuffing idiot in me wants to say "Good effing god, why would anyone want to watch a two-hour argument?"

In the end, the idiot won this time. And so, I deliver unto you the soon-to-be-famous Fletch's Stick Figure Synopsis. Enjoy.






Fletch's Film Rating:

"You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you."


14 people have chosen wisely: on "Fletch's Film Review: Revolutionary Road"

RIPE Creative said...

HA!!! The stick figures are damn funny. :)

Being sick and feverish (and stuck at work) has brought out your creativity!

Doug said...

I demand more stick figures! My attention span likey.

Paul Arrand Rodgers said...

Winslet got nominated for a different movie. That's not really a snub.

Fletch said...

Thanks, RIPE (aka Mrs. Fletch, for those not in the know)!

My attention-span likey, too, Doug. Perfect for those movies that I just don't have much to say about, or don't care enough to say.

Paul - I think many expected her to get a Best Actress nom for this and Supporting for The Reader, so it's still a snub, even if it's not. Isn't it?

Joseph B. said...

Well done. I think you just drew my latest relationship.

blake said...

I didn't think anyone could improve on the story of RR, but, my God, you've done it.

the editor., said...

Bonjour! Fletch,
Wow!...
"The mini trailer" with the stick people"... anyways,...It summed up the film "Rev Road" perfectly!

Merci! Beaucoup!
DarkCityDame ;-)

Daniel Getahun said...

Certainly the most creative review of 2009 so far!

Paul Arrand Rodgers said...

I guess it depends. The Academy will probably factor Revolutionary Road into voting, even if they're not supposed to.

Of course, that totally screws Anne Hathaway, she of Bride Wars.

Anil Usumezbas said...

Very postmodern. I love it!

But please don't turn it into another game (I secretly know you had been thinking about it)

A.P. Simon said...

Fletch, this was about the most perfect write-up of REVOLUTIONARY ROAD I've ever read. Kudos to you, sir.

Fletch said...

Joseph B. - if that was your last relationship, well...um...I'm sorry. I have nothing more to say.

Blake - you mean Revolutionary Road had a story?

DCD, Daniel, A.P. - gracias, merci, thank you very much.

Anil - that does it. Blog Cabins is going "all game, all the time."

Or not. But FSFS (Fletch's Stick Figure Synopsis) will definitely return at some point...

Farzan said...

Good reivew Fletch and lol at the pictures. Been wanting to see this and heard it was really depressing. I guess I can wait for the DVD release.

Craig said...

I haven't decided if I want to see this. I have heard up and down reviews of it, the acting is incredible, but he movie is slow and boring. I think I'll wait till DVD and not spend the money.