‘Revolutionary’ screening

Posted by · 6:24 pm · November 15th, 2008

I’m not allowed to get into my thoughts on “Revolutionary Road” in any real detail yet, but we’ve got a real Best Picture contender on our hands, one driven to that status by a dynamic blend of powerhouse performances that won’t likely be forgotten any time soon.

Leonardo DiCaprio, joined on stage right now with director Sam Mendes and the cast for a post-screening Q&A (in front of a massive SAG audience that appears to have enjoyed the film), just described his response to the material as like being “a fly on the wall…I felt embarrassed.” I think that comment sums up both the power of Richard Yates’s incredibly truthful novel and the apparent success with which it has (finally) been brought to the screen.

More next week.




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29 responses so far

  • 1 11-15-2008 at 6:45 pm

    Speaking English said...

    UGH. Why are you so lucky? It better be December 26 soon.

  • 2 11-15-2008 at 6:53 pm

    McGuff said...

    Great to hear this. You’ve managed to get me more excited about the film. What SE said above.

  • 3 11-15-2008 at 6:55 pm

    matt said...

    is there ANYTHING you can give us? kathy bates maybe? (maybe cause i am so confident in dicaprio, winslet, and shannon) i wanna know if it can get 4 acting noms…

  • 4 11-15-2008 at 7:21 pm

    Jamieson said...

    How’s the excellent Michael Shannon? Give us at least that! ;)

  • 5 11-15-2008 at 7:45 pm

    Rob Scheer said...

    Jesus, I just re-read the book last week, and I could not be ANY more excited now. I’m trying my best to mooch off friends, or anyone who gets invited to these things, to somehow see this in the next couple weeks.

  • 6 11-15-2008 at 7:56 pm

    Andrew L. said...

    Whew!

  • 7 11-15-2008 at 8:00 pm

    Joel said...

    Good! Figured as much, but now I can’t wait.

  • 8 11-15-2008 at 8:24 pm

    Scott Ward said...

    Very, very glad to hear this!

    Can’t wait to see it myself.

  • 9 11-15-2008 at 8:37 pm

    The InSneider said...

    Matt, I saw it as well and the answer to your question is maybe. But Kathy Bates won’t be one of them. The leads were, of course, great, but I loved Shep. More later as well.

  • 10 11-15-2008 at 8:39 pm

    The InSneider said...

    P.S. I think Doubt has a better shot at 4 but that isn’t to take anything away from RR.

  • 11 11-15-2008 at 8:53 pm

    yopla said...

    Kris : thanks, can just tell us if you felt that the others at the screening felt the same way than you ?

  • 12 11-15-2008 at 8:55 pm

    yopla said...

    sorry didn’t see the “in front of a massive SAG audience that appears to have enjoyed the film” comment. My bad.

  • 13 11-15-2008 at 8:55 pm

    Holly said...

    InSneider

    What would you consider the strengths of the film ?

  • 14 11-15-2008 at 9:55 pm

    steamfreshmeals said...

    Who’s the lead on distribution, marketing and awards campaigning…Paramount, Paramount Vantage, and/or DreamWorks? Conflict with Benjamin Button? Stability on the Paramount lot? Sounds like the movie, performances, and below the line are too strong for even that management to mess it up!

  • 15 11-15-2008 at 11:53 pm

    Nick Plowman said...

    cannot wait!!! ugh.

  • 16 11-16-2008 at 3:05 am

    Rob said...

    How was Winslet, in terms of performance, how does it stack up against work like Eternal Sunshine or Holy Smoke ? How good is good ?

  • 17 11-16-2008 at 3:38 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I knew it.

    Thank God. Another write-off would have been too miserable to take.

  • 18 11-16-2008 at 9:53 am

    Daniel Crooke said...

    If you thought so highly of it and went in with the monumental expectations set up for it since Leo and Kate were announced as the lead actor…could this be our Best Picture?

  • 19 11-16-2008 at 9:53 am

    Daniel Crooke said...

    “actors”, rather…

  • 20 11-16-2008 at 10:17 am

    Jamieson said...

    streamfreshmeals: Vantage is handling the campaign.

  • 21 11-16-2008 at 10:58 am

    steamfreshmeals said...

    Good to hear…Vantage has one of the best awards teams, agencies, and consultants in the business. The less paramount executives mess with it, the better!

  • 22 11-16-2008 at 12:15 pm

    John Foote said...

    Excellent to hear some good news – had heard from an insider that the film was destined to be a classic but with so much disappointment this year…thank you Mendes, Di Caprio and Winslet…

  • 23 11-16-2008 at 1:06 pm

    steamfreshmeals said...

    Thanks to Spielberg, Snider, Birch, Sullivan, etc., and no thanks to Grey, Lesher, etc.

  • 24 11-16-2008 at 8:23 pm

    Lincoln said...

    Apparently also well liked by Sasha Stone at Awards Daily, although like Kris, she can’t go into any real details yet.

  • 25 11-16-2008 at 11:58 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    steam: Any reason you’re name-dropping all over the site lately? A bit much…

  • 26 11-17-2008 at 8:54 am

    steamfreshmeals said...

    Kris Tap: No reason…pretty public figures I’d say for the entertainment industry…I see Mendes, DiCaprio, Winslet, Shannon, Bates, Yates name-dropped more often…thought this site/blog was a public open forum for any comments…if you know these people and Ive offended…my apologies. You can also just check track records over the years…

    Have a great day KT and I look forward to your review once the embargo is lifted!

  • 27 11-23-2008 at 11:41 am

    Brittany said...

    Can you give away more details yet, Kris?

    How great was Leonardo DiCaprio?