If you haven't had a chance yet to see this movie, Revolutionary Road, then I urge you to go see it this weekend. The movie stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio (whose acting blew me away) as a married couple living in a small New England town in the 1950's. Their story is told through flashbacks as to how they met. They are both passionate, ideolistic artists (she's an artist, he's a nomadic dreamer) that long for escape from the mundane reality of life. I just erased a line because the sentence that I wrote gives away too much of the movie. Let's just say that the movie begins with a Romeo and Juliet type love story but ends more along the lines of a dark Sylvia Plath poem. After seeing this movie, I'm definitely interested in reading more of Richard Yates' work, particularly his collections of short stories. The movie does a splendid job of capturing the romantic oddity of 1950's suburbia life. I always thought of that time period as dreamy and brutal, a mixture of Elvis, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly as well as the McCarthy era, the struggle for Civil Rights, the inspiration for the Beat Poets, bobby socks, Fats Domino, the rise of the superhighway, middle-class living, moving away from the City, etc. That is what I think of when I think about the 1950's. If you are fascinated by that time period, and looking to watch an independent, non-Hollywood-esque movie, then you will enjoy, as I did, Revolutionary Road.
I'm also including a link to the trailer for the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z6kDo1OFzE